Soy meal gains interest to use in fish diets
Soybeans are contributing to the world's fastest-growing food segment. That
segment is aquaculture, and the soybean checkoff is working to develop ways to
include soy in fish feed.
Aquaculture is growing at a rate of 9 to 11% globally
and is expected to consume an estimated 8.8 to 11 million tons of soybean meal
in the next decade.
"The soybean checkoff recognized the bright future of
aquaculture and has gotten in on the ground floor with our investment in new
technologies to increase soy inclusion in fish diets," says Terry Ecker, United
Soybean Board International Marketing chair. Identifying
Soy-based diets for select marine fish have been developed
and are being demonstrated in several projects located in the Philippines,
Vietnam, and China. Research efforts are focused on identifying barriers to soy
inclusion in the diets of marine fish such as salmon, pompano, amberjack,
Mediterranean sea bass, sea bream and cobia as well as increasing the soy
inclusion in marine shrimp diets.
"China's aquaculture industry went
from using no soy meal a decade ago to over 150 million bushels annually," says
Ecker. "Advances in aquaculture are one of the reasons China is our number one
export customer."Related website:
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