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Call to collaborate: INvertebrateIT connects aquaculture stakeholders to exploit invertebrate-based solutions for sustainable feed

The INvertebrateIT project is pleased to announce an open call to all stakeholders in aquaculture to collaborate with three forward-thinking small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on several promising invertebrate-based feed solutions.

The SMEs were selected to receive support from INvertebrateIT as they showed high potential for addressing the sustainability of feed, a key challenge facing aquaculture. Through partnerships with leading industry stakeholders, it is hoped these innovative ideas can be transformed into market-ready products and offer a viable solution to these challenges.

Typical fish-based feeds are the single highest cost in aquaculture farming, and increasing demand, price volatility and impact on natural resources are limiting the industry’s growth and sustainability. For a growing global population eating more seafood than ever, other resources must be exploited. Increasingly, invertebrates such as flies, worms and small crustaceans are providing a sustainable and plentiful alternative to the resource-hungry raw materials that are otherwise commonly used. These invertebrates provide a rich source of essential proteins and oils that can provide the nutrients required for farmed fish.

INvertebrateIT is working to establish three Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the EU Atlantic regions, involving interested stakeholders and the winning SMEs. These partnerships will accelerate the market viability of the products, while delivering on the environmental and societal needs set out by INvertebrateIT. Examples of partnerships might include, but is not limited to:

  • Technical workshops led by regional authorities, for invertebrate producers to transfer knowledge, engage local organisations and explore sustainable projects in coastal areas.
  • Commercial and scientific collaboration between producers and public aquariums, to test new feeds and species and engage society.
  • A school project encouraging invertebrate producers to visit schools in their area, to inspire careers and increase consumer support.

To make the most of these partnerships, INvertebrateIT welcomes the opinion of expert stakeholders on which challenges should be prioritised. Please click on the following link to have your say: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/INvertebrateIT_PriorityActions

To find out more about INvertebrateIT or future PPPs, please email Luis Lozano (Co-Manager of INvertebrateIT).