Food to Feed
The Eden Hall Aquaculture Laboratory supports research spanning the realms of aquatic ecology and aquaculture, including projects aimed at increasing the sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms for education, research, and food.
The vast majority of currently available commercial fish feeds typically contain high levels of protein and lipids (oils) sourced from wild marine fish stocks. This practice is unsustainable from the standpoint of the carbon footprint necessary for capture and processing, and the removal of vast quantities of fish from the marine food chain in order to feed other fish.
Therefore, we have initiated research, along with Tony Miga on the Eden Hall Farm, to grow small quantities of a variety of protein- and lipid-rich crops that may serve as substitutes for ingredients sourced from fish, with the end goal of developing organically-grown, sustainable fish diets that can be produced at small-scales by local fish farmers. Once harvested, several alternative feed formulations will be prepared and tested on fish in the Eden Hall RAS.