Project: Novel sustainable aquaculture technologies for the production of innovative feeds for improved fish stocks

Acronym AquaTech4Feed (Reference Number: 143)
Duration 15/05/2020 - 14/05/2023
Project Topic The aim of AquaTech4Feed is to formulate novel fish feed from alternative proteinaceous biomass sources, such as algae, duckweed, insects and microbiomes (bioflocs) in order to improve fish production and product quality. AquaTech4Feed will develop a novel sustainable aquaculture production process based on the production of proteinaceous feed utilizing aquaculture wastewater and wastes. The production process will consist of a closed recirculation system for recycling of nutrients and water for improved biosafety. New technologies and methods will be applied in order to ensure that the novel feeds are safe to be utilized in the feeding process. The project includes feeding trials with lumpfish, salmon and sea bream in order to assess fish production and to define production and quality benchmarks. The project of a duration of 36 months will be implemented from 8 partners from 6 countries (Greece, Malta, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland) consisted of 2 SMEs, 3 research institutes, and 3 universities. More specifically the partners participating in this project are: (1) Hellenic Agricultural Organization - Demeter (HAO), Greece, (2) G-Fish (SME), Greece, (3) L-Università ta' Malta (UM), Malta, (4) Istituto Sperimentale Italiano Lazzaro Spallanzani (SPA), Italy, (5) Bantry Marine Research Station (BMRS), Ireland, (6) Teagasc Food Research Centre (Teagasc), (7) University of Almeria (UAL), Spain and (8) ATB Potsdam (ATB), Germany.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
Main innovative elements of the project are: • Valorization of RAS waste-streams for the production of valuable and nutritional biomass • Formulation of novel feed from the produced biomass utilizing RAS waste-stream • Developing a novel “biofilter” using algae, duckweed and biofloc for treating RAS wastewater-stream • Developing of a combined system of biofloc/microalgae as interactive co-culture • Developing an alternative RAS system based mainly in biological methods for nutrient removal and oxygenation • Investigating of novel treatment technologies for safer and improved feed quality • Production of insect-based feed from fish waste
Network BlueBio
Call 1st BlueBio Joint Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Hellenic Agricultural Organization - Demeter Coordinator Greece
2 L-Università ta' Malta Partner Malta
3 Istituto Sperimentale Italiano Lazzaro Spallanzani Partner Italy
4 Bantry Marine Research Station Partner Ireland
5 Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. Partner Germany
6 University of Almeria Partner Spain
7 Teagasc Food Research Centre Partner Ireland
8 G-FISH Partner Greece