The Research Council of Norway has granted BioMar and its partners NOK16 million ($1.88m) towards salmonid feed research, in order to tackle the "two major challenges to sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry".
The QMAR project - "unlocking the nutritional and technical Quality potential of MARine by-products in sustainable salmonid feeds" - is a business innovation project for the industrial sector, starting out in January 2017.
It is being supported by the Research Council of Norway and has been granted funding up to a maximum limit of NOK 16m, spread over a four-year period.
According to Hanne Jorun, senior researcher at BioMar and QMAR project manager, QMAR addresses two major challenges to sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry. These are:
Environmentally responsible growth and efficient exploitation of underutilized marine raw materials.
The formulation of future feeds that support high fish performance and welfare, requiring more basic and practical knowledge of metabolic functions in fish and marine meal properties.
BioMar’s industrial partners in the project are Aker BioMarine, Pelagia and Norsildmel, while its research partners are Nofima, the University of Bergen and the University of California Los Angeles.
Jorun said QMAR will enable BioMar and partners to develop ingredients and feed products based on by-products of marine raw materials.
In addition, work will be conducted on understanding the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of components based on marine raw materials, she said.