The Research Council of Norway has allocated NOK 13 million (€1.55 million) to the AquaFly project. The project will spend the next four years investigating the potential of using insects as safe and healthy ingredients of future fish feeds, as stated on the website of NIFES.
AquaFly will be looking at the use of insect meal as an ingredient of salmon feed, also in an environmental, social and economic perspective. As project leader, NIFES will be responsible for research on fish nutrition and feed safety, while our partners will be looking closely at other aspects giving the project a very broad perspective.
The project is a cooperative effort involving 12 research and industry partners. AquaFly will explore the potential to "tailor" the insect nutrient profile to meet the nutritional needs of farmed salmon.
Previous NIFES studies have demonstrated that insect meal is a good source of protein for farmed salmon. Insects and insect larvae are an important component of the natural diet of salmon, and insect meal is therefore one of the most natural things we can add to fish feed. The potential risks of using insect meal in fish feed will also be studied.
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