U.S. fish farm achieves vertical integration, invests in research for the utilization of high-protein, plant-based ingredient for its aqua feed
Aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing food sector, increasing by nearly 900 percent over the last two decades – and further expansion is imminent. Researchers at the World Resources Institute (WRI) suggest that the sector will need to grow by 133 percent by 2050 to meet the protein needs of 9 billion people. According to the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), fish farms will account for this increased production and nearly half of these farmed species will be dependent on compound aqua feeds. With this trend comes the question: How can the world’s producers improve on existing production and nutrition practices to make fish farming more sustainable into the future?