Dr Rich Cottrell (IMAS)
Dr Beth Penrose (TIA)
Brief project description:
Global aquaculture growth will be essential to meeting growing demand for seafood into the future. Of the 80 million tonnes of food biomass produced by aquaculture, most is sustained by human made compound feeds. In recent years, the composition of compound aquaculture feeds has changed substantially - from those dominated by fishmeal and oil derived from wild caught fish to feeds largely composed of crop and livestock by-products, and emerging novel ingredients from single-cell organisms and insects. This evolution in formulation has addressed numerous sustainability concerns on the use of wild fish in feed but has increasingly shifted environmental pressures from feed production onto terrestrial systems. Yet, to what extent this shift has reduced or increased the appropriation of natural resources remains poorly resolved, largely due to a poor understanding of how to allocate the embedded biomass of marine and terrestrial raw materials across the various products, coproducts, and by-products now used as aquafeed ingredients.
Using feed profiles for one model species or multiple farmed taxa, the project will address this gap by:
Skills students will develop during this research project: