BLE-Research project „Fish for Food“

Development of cost-efficient feed resources for tropical aquaculture used on local/regional markets – sub-project 3

Status of research project: ongoing

Starting date: 01.05.2012

Completion date: 30.09.2017

Reference number (FKZ): 225.2817301710

The project is sponsored by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) in the framework of the program for innovation promotion, sector aquaculture.

 

FishfarmPicture: Thinkstock (TexasPete)

Objective

The main objective is the development of a low-cost feed for carps and tilapia from protein rich by-products of the bio fuel industry with focus on Jatropha curcas.

Introduction

The fishery sector plays a key role in food security, for small-scale fishers who rely directly on fish for food, incomes and services, but also for the consumers, who profit from the excellent source of the high-quality animal protein. For an adult 150g of fish provides about 50-60% of the daily protein requirements. Beside protein fish is also a source of essential micronutrients, vitamins and minerals.