Although Skretting ARC is owned by a commercial feed producer, we function as a neutral research institute, serving as an active participant in collaborative projects. Over the years, we have participated in a number of EU projects collaborating with several universities and research institutes. We are also active in programmes funded by the Research Council of Norway.
More efficient use of limited fish oil resources in fish feed production
Skretting ARC received a grant from the Norwegian "Regionalt Forskningsfond Vestlandet" for its project with the above title. The main goal of the research is to determine the minimum need for EPA and DHA in Atlantic salmon to secure good growth, feed efficiency, fish health and product quality.
Retaining health benefits in sustainably farmed fish
Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre is part of an EU-funded project to maximise the retention of marine omega-3 fatty acids in farmed fish given feeds with improved sustainability.
PhD project aims to improve physical quality of fish feed
Julia Wolska of Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) has started a PhD thesis that may contribute to the development of a new generation of feed pellets from Skretting. Her PhD is supported by the Research Council of Norway.
Can fish feed help farmed salmon adapt to climate changes?
How will salmon farming adapt to predicted climate changes? Can feed formulation be used as a tool to reduce the impacts of rising seawater temperatures? These are underlying questions for a new PhD project conducted by Vibeke Vikeså at Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre and supported by the Research Council of Norway.
Sea lice project to reduce risk
Skretting ARC received a grant from the Norwegian "Regionalt Forskningsfond Vestlandet" for its project about sea lice. Fish feed can make salmon slime resistant to sea lice. Skretting ARC's project will find out more about why and how. The goal is to develop feed that gives even better protection against sea lice. The project is a collaboration with the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS).
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Towards sustainable fish feed production using novel protein sources
Vukasin Draganovic has started a PhD thesis with the aim of developing scientific insights that can allow the increased inclusion of vegetable as well as land animal proteins into novel fish feed concepts. His PhD is in cooperation with the Wageningen University and is supported by the Research Council of Norway.
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Sustainable Aquafeeds to Maximise the Health Benefits of Farmed Fish for Consumers
The strategic goal is to replace as much as possible of the fish meal and fish oil currently used in fish feeds with sustainable, alternative feed resources. AQUAMAX is an initiative funded by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme (2006-2009).
Grain Legumes Integrated Programme
Develop new strategies to enhance the use of grain legumes crops in food for human consumption and animal feed in Europe and beyond.
From capture based to SELF-sustained aquaculture and Domestication Of bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus).
How to formulate a grower feed that can replace raw fish and still be acceptable to the fishfarmer, the fish and the end customer.
Optimised nutrition and egg quality in Atlantic cod broodstock (Norway)
To improve and stabilise reproductive performance in farmed cod through optimalisation of nutrition and environmental conditions (2004-2007).
Energy Modulation in fast growing Cod (Norway)
Main objective is to be able to predict growth and energy retention dependent on diet composition (2006-2009).
Nutrient requirements of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) larvae at first-feeding
Improve growth and survival, and decrease the rate of deformities in industrial production of cod juveniles (2008-2010).
Analyses of carotenoids and fat in live salmon
This project aims to develop a quick and non-destructive analyses method for measurement of carotenoids and fat in live salmon. The method is based on a spectroscopic instrument using visible and near infrared light, and is of great interest to breeding companies, farmers, fish feed companies and as an on-line quality sorting tool in process plants (2006-2008).
Feeding study with decontaminated marine oil (Norway)
Implementation of cleaning techniques on fish oil and/or fish meal in salmon feeds to produce healthy and minimally contaminated fish that are highly nutritious to consumers.
Fish gastrointestinal cell lines and feed development (Canada)
Development and characterize fish gastrointestinal (GI) cell lines. As a proof of concept, use the fish GI cell lines to stidy the cause and possible elemination of soybean-induced enteritis in salmon.
Alternative Food for Shellfish Hatchery Production (Canada)
To determine if dry algae-based micro feeds can replace unicellular living microalgae in oyster hatcheries.
Chewing behaviours in salmonids- impacts of feed type and feed quality (USA)
To combine "chewing" studies (Dr Sanford) and common growth/ feeding trials with feed of different physical qualities and investigate if there is a connection beween feed causing undigested pellets, fish growth and different chewing behaviours.
Influence of feed formulation on properties of marine fish farm effluents (UK)
Gaining knowledge on dietary effects of vegetable raw materials in two economically high potential marine species, cod and seabass. A collaboration with University of Wales, Swansea (PhD studentship).