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Soy and Aquafeed - AquaSoy Aquaculture Program

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Four technical review papers have been created through the Managed Aquaculture Marketing and Research Program (AquaSoy Initiative), funded through the United Soybean Board and American Soybean Association.
There are four technical review papers, prepared by aquaculture specialists, that summarize soy product use and potential in the diets for key aquaculture species groups:

* Use of Soybean Meal in the Diets of Marine Shrimp, By Douglas E. Conklin, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis;
* Use of Soybean Meal in the Diets of Omnivorous Freshwater Fish, By Delbert M. Gatlin III, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Faculty of Nutrition, Texas A&M University System;
* Use of Soybean Meals in Diets of Salmon and Trout, By Ronald W. Hardy, Director, Aquaculture Research Institute, Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, University of Idaho;
* Use of Soybean Meal in the Diets of Non-Salmonid Marine Fish, By Ian Forster, Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, Hawaii.

The AquaSoy Initiative is designed to remove the barriers to soybean meal use in diets fed to aquaculture species. The program has been divided into two components, one focused on awareness, the other on research.

The awareness program initially focuses on Southeast Asia and India, where there are significant opportunities to intensify production within established aquaculture industries with the use of soybean meal-based diets.

The focus of the research component is salmonids, specifically rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon, and commercial crustaceans, all of which are large industries currently underutilizing soybean meal. The highly integrated and collaborative nature of this initial series of projects should result in expansion of soybean meal into new rapidly growing existing markets in North America, Europe and Asia.

All of these papers can be viewed at www.soymeal.org

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