Sustainable development of European fish farming is dependent on the availability, environmental sustainability of feeds relying less and less on capture fisheries derived fishmeal and fish oil. The European aquaculture industry has made a determined shift towards the use of feeds based on alternative ingredients which continue to ensure the health and welfare of fish and the nutritional value of farmed seafood. However, the long term effects of such interventions and over the full life cycle of the major species farmed in Europe need to be determined. To answer this challenge, ARRAINA will define and provide complete data on the quantitative nutrient requirements of the five major fish species and develop sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the requirements of these species with reduced levels of fish meal and fish oil. By developing innovative vectors to deliver specific nutrients, ARRAINA will increase significantly the performance at all physiological stages thus improving overall efficiency of fish production. ARRAINA will apply targeted predictive tools to assess the long-term physiological and environmental consequences of these changes in the different species. This will provide flexibility in the use of various ingredients in the formulation of feeds which are cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and which ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality. ARRAINA will design and deliver new pioneering training courses in fish nutrition to increase research capacities and expertise, particularly in countries of the enlarged EU. By developing applied tools and solutions of technological interest in collaborations with SMEs, ARRAINA will further strengthen the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and will contribute to increase the productivity and performance of the aquaculture sector leading to competitive advantage to the whole sector at a global level.
WP1. The overall objective is to identify and validate promising panels of biomarkers to be used as integrative tools to accurately measure and predict growth responses, metabolic and health effects for their application in other WPs. This broad scale approach also includes the use of in silico and in vitro models to assist biomarker research and mechanistic modelling of nutrition on fish performance.
WP3. To strengthen knowledge on nutrient requirements of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), carp (Cyprinus carpio), sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and sea bream (Sparus aurata) by providing reliable quantitative data at critical points throughout the life cycle.
WP4. To determine and critically assess the effects of long-term replacement of key marine resources (FM and FO) with alternative feed ingredients on the growth performance, metabolism and product quality of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead sea bream, sea bass and carp throughout their entire life/production.