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Improvement of feeds and feeding efficiency for seabass in cage farms in the Mediterranean

Objective

In 2005 the total world production of sea bass reached 80,000 tons. The estimated amount of feed used to support this production was 150,000 tons valued at about € 100 million. Notwithstanding the increase in production, producer’s profit margins are squeezed by i) the increase in price of feed ingredients, and ii) the decline/instability of fish prices. Feed costs account for up to 60% of total production costs and inappropriate feeding management can therefore be detrimental to farmer's profits. Optimal feed management includes the use of well balanced feeds covering the species’ nutritional and energy requirements and cost efficient feeding regimes. The large variation amongst generally poor industrial feed conversion ratios (FCR) obtained in European sea bass farming is a clear indication of inappropriate feeding. This project is a joint effort between European aquaculture stakeholders targeting the accurate determination of the basic nutritional requirements of sea bass throughout the production cycle and best practices in feeding regimes and technology in order to achieve a significant reduction in production FCR values. Specifically, the optimum dietary protein and energy levels which are crucial parameters for effective feed formulation will be determined for European sea bass and evaluated on the farm using the latest demand feeding technology. These requirements will be studied in relation to the main influencing biotic and abiotic factors which are fish size, diet composition, feeding level and frequency, water temperature and oxygen levels. The cost efficient use of diets with formulations targeting the specific seasonal and developmental needs of the fish will effectively improve production FCR and have a significant economic benefit for aquaculturists. Optimising feed utilization efficiency, fish growth, health and welfare besides promoting production efficiency and economy will also have a significantly positive environmental impact.
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Coordinator

AKVAPLAN-NIVA AS

Address

Hjalmar Johansensgata 14
9007 Tromso

Norway

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 56 472

Administrative Contact

Patrick Gordon White (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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NOFIMA MARIN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 26 516,80

NOFIMA AS

Norway

FAI AQUACULTURE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 12 575,60

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 7 884

NESNE ELEKTRONIK TASARIM-DANISMANLIK SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 9 960

Feed Control Norge AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 182 874

OZSU BALIK URETIMI VE MALZEMELERI GIDA SANAYI PAZARLAMA TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 368 660

RAANAN FISH FEED LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 249 662

ANONYMOS ETAIREIA ANTIPROSOPEION EMPORIOU KAI VIOMICHANIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 20 609,84

IOANNIS KOSTARAS-STEFANOU

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 65 637,21

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262155

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    31 January 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 299 117,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 000 851,45

Coordinated by:

AKVAPLAN-NIVA AS

Norway