|Project leader||Ecloseries Marines de Gravelines|
|Industrials partners||Les Aquaculteurs Bretons, FMD, Les Poissons du Soleil|
|Research partners||IFREMER, INRA, SYSAAF|
|Budget||2 423 K€|
|Cofinanceur publics||FUI (Single Interministerial Fund) , FEDER, Regional Authorities from Bretagne, Languedoc Roussillon & Nord-Pas-De-Calais|
|Year of labeling||2009 - Joint Certification by Pôles Mer Bretagne & Aquimer|
|Year of co-financing||2009|
Faced with stagnation in the quantities of fish from fishing, fish farming must increase production to meet the growing demand for these products. However, its current reliance on fishmeal and fish oil strongly restricts growth. Substitution of plant products for those of marine origin is urgently needed for a sustainable development of fish farming. To allow effective substitution, the VEGEAQUA project aims to answer the following questions:
- Will the selected fish currently on diets rich in marine products (oils, fishmeal) be as successful on a diet based on plant products?
- Can we improve the selection process to produce high performing animals (growth, feed efficiency, and yield, organoleptic quality and nutritional qualities) on diets which are very low in marine products?
- Which strategies that combine genetic selection and define appropriate food configurations can be best optimized to improve farmed fish to provide a healthy and high quality product in a cost efficient way whilst reducing the use of marine products as much as possible?
To answer these questions, the main breeders of the four major species of French fish (trout, bass, bream, and meagre) rely on the expertise of INRA and Ifremer teams in a project combining methods tested in industrial experiments and also more precise investigations in experimental fish farming and in laboratories.