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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.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

AKVAPLAN-NIVA AS
Address
Hjalmar Johansensgata 14
9007 Tromso
Norway

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Gordon White (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 56 472

Participants (10)

NOFIMA MARIN AS

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Norway
EU contribution
€ 26 516,80
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Camilla Røsjø (Dr.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Camilla Røsjø (Dr.)
FAI AQUACULTURE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 575,60
Address
Benchmark House 8 Smithy Wood Drive
S35 1QN Sheffield

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Timothy Hugh Atack (Dr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 7 884
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7km
19013 Attikia Anavissos

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Papadopoulos Evripidis (Mr.)
NESNE ELEKTRONIK TASARIM-DANISMANLIK SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 9 960
Address
Erzene Mahallesi Ankara Cad 172/67 Ege Unv Sit Ideege Tek Gel Bola S Apt
35100 Bornova Izmir

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ertugrul Gundogdu (Dr.)
Feed Control Norge AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 182 874
Address
Fabrikkgaten 5
5059 Bergen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Erik Kyrkjebø (Mr.)
OZSU BALIK URETIMI VE MALZEMELERI GIDA SANAYI PAZARLAMA TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 368 660
Address
Karacaoglan Mahallesi 166
35070 Izmir

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gokhan Cakir (Mr.)
RAANAN FISH FEED LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 249 662
Address
I.z. Miluot Mp Oshrat
25201 Akko

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eran Hadas (Dr.)
ANONYMOS ETAIREIA ANTIPROSOPEION EMPORIOU KAI VIOMICHANIAS

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Greece
EU contribution
€ 20 609,84
Address
Syngrou Avenue
117 42 Athens

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miltiadis Anastasiadis (Mr.)
IOANNIS KOSTARAS-STEFANOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 65 637,21
Address
Anapafseos 6
73300 Xania

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Kostaras-Stefanou (Mr.)