Aller Aqua partners with insect factory to test fish feeds

Hatchery International Staff
December 07, 2018
By Hatchery International Staff
Aller Aqua partners with insect factory to test fish feeds
Photo//Aller Aqua
Christiansfeld, Denmark-based fish feed producer Aller Aqua has joined a partnership with insect protein producing company Enorm BioFactory to create Denmark’s first industrial insect production.

The project aims to produce 30 tons of insects daily in four years from now.

The project has been granted 15.9 million Danish krones (DKK) from the Ministry of Environment and Food Denmark, which totals approximately $2.4 million USD.

One of the outputs from the project will be insect meal, and Aller Aqua’s role will be to help develop and test products suitable for trout farming, the company states. Should this succeed, insect meal could also be tested as an ingredient for feed for salmon and tilapia.

“Insect meal has the potential to be a valuable raw material in fish feed not only due to its high protein content,” explains Dr. Hanno Slawski, group research & development director for Aller Aqua. “Several trials have been carried out with the inclusion of insect meal to replace or partially replace fish meal in fish feed with promising results, but further research is needed before commercial application.”

He says research and trials will be carried out at Aller Aqua Research in Büsum, Germany.

Besides producing insect meal for inclusion in fish feed, Enorm BioFactory will also produce both insect meal and oil for use in pork and poultry production, and eventually human consumption.

In addition, the project focuses on achieving a no-waste-production with optimal usage of all nutrients and resources.

With a production capacity of more than 300,000 tons, Aller Aqua’s fish feed production spans across 60 countries from factories in Denmark, Poland, Germany, Egypt, China and Zambia.

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