Title: Use of insect protein and phytoplankton oil to replace fishmeal and fish oil in the diets of gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) and European sea ​​bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)

Funding Source: EPAnEK Aquaculture

Budget IMBBC: 65,000€

Start / End Date: 2019 - 2022

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Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Morgane Henry

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Fish nutrition and feeding

Fish health

Fish quality and safety


The aim of the proposed research is to examine the possibility of mass production of insect and micro-algae species for future industrial exploitation and to explore the possibility of partial replacement of fishmeal and fish oil in sea bream and sea bass diets. A total number of 3 research bodies comprised of staff from 6 research laboratories will collaborate to the project, which will be implemented in 5 work packages including the creation of protocols for the mass production of insects and micro-algae, the evaluation of their nutritional composition and the conduct of a series of dietary experiments with sea bream and seabass to assess the use of these raw materials in growth, feed utilization, health, nutritional value and organoleptic characteristics of fish.