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Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture

Acronym: ARRAINA
Period: 2012 till 2016
Status: Completed

Institutes (9)  Top 
  • AquaTT (European Network for Training and Technology in aquaculture) (AquaTT), more
  • Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), more
  • Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI), more
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), more
  • National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES)
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), more
  • The University of Insubria
  • University of Stirling (UOS), more
  • Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), more

Sustainable development of European fish farming is dependent on the availability and environmental sustainability of feeds which rely less and less on capture fisheries derived fishmeal and fish oil. The European aquaculture industry has made a determined shift towards the use of feeds based on alternative ingredients which continue to ensure the health and welfare of fish and the nutritional value of farmed seafood. However, the long term effects of such interventions need to be determined and these effects for the full life cycle of the major species farmed in Europe investigated. ARRAINA will define and provide complete data on the quantitative nutrient requirements of five major fish species and develop sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the requirements of these species with reduced levels of fish meal and fish oil. By developing innovative vectors to deliver specific nutrients, ARRAINA will increase significantly the performance at all physiological stages thus improving overall efficiency of fish production. ARRAINA will apply targeted predictive tools to assess the long-term physiological and environmental consequences of these changes in the different species. This will provide flexibility in the use of various ingredients in the formulation of feeds which are cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and which ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality. ARRAINA will design and deliver new pioneering training courses in fish nutrition to increase research capacities and expertise, particularly in countries of the enlarged EU. By developing applied tools and solutions of technological interest in collaborations with SMEs, ARRAINA will further strengthen the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and will contribute to increase the productivity and performance of the aquaculture sector leading to competitive advantage to the whole sector at a global level.

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