Proteins of the future in feed for recirculating aquaculture systems (ProffAqua) (39274)

Project Details


There is an increasing shortage of available high quality proteins for feed. More than half of all aquatic species is now produced by aquaculture. Aquaculture production will double in the next 15 years and so will the need for protein into aquafeed. As substantial amount of worldwide wild fish catch is processed into fishmeal and fish oil for feed production, raising concerns regarding the sustainability of this arrangement. The industry’s growing need for feed therefore requires new approaches.
This project focuses on turning waste streams into valuable products. Organic chemicals found in pulp mills steams for cellulose fibre production can be used to grow fungi and turned into Single Cell Proteins (SCP), suitable as protein-rich components in fish feed. Due to the low protein content of waste materials from agriculture and fish processing, this raw material is not suitable for direct use in fish feed. The black soldier fly larvae (BSF) are very efficient in transforming such waste streams into high quality protein and oil ingredients. Based on the available waste streams, several thousand tonnes of both SCP and BSF can be produced at a very favourable price compared to the current price and quality of fish meal.

The role of DTU Aqua in the project is to evaluate BSF and SCP as protein sources in fish feeds by performing digestibility and growth trials using the two types of protein sources at several inclusion level in the diets.

DTU Aqua participates in the project by performing feeding trials using contaminated feed for Atlantic salmon and seabass respectively. Furthermore, the project also investigates potential effects of microplastic incorporated into feed pellets, on accumulation and elimination of the selected priority contaminants. The feeding trials consist of a 12 week to 15 week accumulation period for seabass and salmon respectively and a 8 week depuration period where all groups are fed control feed. The results obtained from the trail will be the used to develop mathematical models estimating accumulation and elimination of priority contaminants in filet.

DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources 
Matís Itd., Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D (coordinator)
Processum, Sweden
Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
Viur, Iceland
Domsjö Fabriker, Sweden
Tydalfisk, Norway

The project is funded by Nordforsk, Nordic Council of Ministers.

Research area: Aquaculture
Effective start/end date01/02/201531/12/2017

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • SP Processum AB (Project partner)
  • Matís (Project partner)
  • Tydalfisk (Project partner)
  • Domsjö Fabriker AB (Project partner)
  • Danish Technological Institute (Project partner)
  • Meteorological Office of Iceland (Project partner)


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