Metamorphosis

Partners: Matís (lead), Entomix and CSIC

Duration: September 1st 2017 – December 31st 2018

TENGILIÐUR / CONTACT

    Project description:

    Metamorphosis focuses on turning organic waste streams into a valuable, next generation aquaculture feed ingredient. The increased shortage of sustainable protein feeds has called for new approaches regarding the industry’s growing need. Many insects are very efficient in transforming organic wastes into sustainable nutrients, rich in proteins and fats. Based on currently available waste streams, several thousand tonnes of insect meal could be produced at a favourable price and quality. More than half of all aquatic species are now produced by aquaculture and its production is likely to double in the next 15 years, and insect meal has been demonstrated to successfully provide nutrition to fish. This Activity will investigate a novel insect feed additive, which will provide an alternative to Europe’s increasing reliance on soy and fish meal imports from South America, and thus help decrease the European protein deficit in a sustainable manner.