Academic Venture Fund - 2018

Waste No More: Creating Aquaculture Feed from Seafood Industry Byproducts

iStock - A fish farm at Bussi, in Abruzzo, Italy

World demand for seafood is rising as wild fish stocks decline, creating an urgent need for new sources of protein to grow fish. This project aims to develop a novel system for making sustainable aquaculture feed from commercial fish processing waste, whereby liquefied, acid-preserved fish protein -- or fish silage -- is transformed into mass quantities of pellets for on-farm use. By salvaging high-quality proteins to replace controversial fishmeal in aquafeeds, the silage-based feed system will make aquaculture more sustainable and economically viable while reducing pressure on wild fish stocks.

Investigators: Eugene Won, Helene Marquis, Joe Regenstein