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Add To Calendar 21/02/2017 13:30:0021/02/2017 13:50:00America/ChicagoAquaculture America 2017MICROALGAE BIOMASS IN AQUACULTURE FEEDS - A ROADMAP TO COMMERCIALIZATION   Room 5The World Aquaculture Societyjohnc@was.orgfalseanrl65yqlzh3g1q0dme13067DD/MM/YYYY

MICROALGAE BIOMASS IN AQUACULTURE FEEDS - A ROADMAP TO COMMERCIALIZATION  

Joe M. Fox*, Anthony J. Siccari III, Delbert M. Gatlin III, Craig Browdy
 
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi/Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Natural Resources Center, Rm 3413
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
joe.fox@tamucc.edu

The aquaculture industry has a strong interest in developing aquatic feeds which require greater diversity of protein- and lipid-based ingredients to meet the needs of an expanding global demand. A major concern for the aquaculture industry is the use of costly, environmentally unsustainable marine animal-sourced feed ingredients such as fishmeal. Current efforts at Texas A&M AgriLife Research (Corpus Christi, Texas) with development of mixed-species outdoor cultures of Nannochloropsis salina and Phaeodactylum tricornutum have yielded productivity levels exceeding 15 g afdw/m2/day with dry matter protein and lipid levels approximating that of fishmeal or other semi-purified ingredients. This presentation examines nutritional and economic considerations for the commercial use of marine microalgae in aquaculture production feeds.  The economic and environmental sustainability of various biological product-based pathways to commercialization are explored from the viewpoint of the aquaculture feeds and algae biomass and industries. A roadmap to sustainability is proposed.      

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