Opportunities for soy in aquaculture
The United Soybean Board and the soybean checkoff continue developing new
uses and new demand for soybeans in all lands of the world, and even the ocean
holds great potential for soy.
Soybean meal has increasingly become a key ingredient
in fish feeds as the aquaculture industry strives to meet global demand for its
products thanks in part to checkoff research and marketing efforts.
Fish meal scarcity
"Fish meal is getting scarce and more
costly, creating a market opportunity for more soybean meal to be used as a
protein source in fish and shrimp diets," says Bill Coppess, USB director and a
soybean farmer from Ansonia, Ohio. "Soy diets can also decrease the mercury
levels in seafood, helping to alleviate some health concerns."
Partner with Kona Blue
One group that has partnered with the
checkoff on open-ocean farming is Kona Blue, an operation that sees a definite
opportunity for soy and aquaculture to join forces. "If 50 percent of the global
expansion in aquaculture is high-end fish and 50 percent of their feed inclusion
is soy, that could mean another $7.5 billion worth of soy going to aquaculture,"
says Neil Sims, president of the Hawaiian-based company that grows high-end Kona
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