Research and innovation for the aquaculture industry

Curiosity is our passion

Skretting’s Aquaculture Research Center (ARC) was established in 1989, and comprises an international team of scientists specialising in fish and shrimp nutrition, health and feed production as well as experts in conducting trials and analyses. Collectively, the achievements of ARC contribute to the economic viability and sustainability of the aquaculture industry.

Today, ARC supports feed activities for a large number of species on five continents. Our innovations are translated to products and improvements across the globe through an enhanced integration of business and research. There is also the interchange of ideas and innovations with Nutreco’s research hubs specialising in nutrition for farmed animals.

Collaboration for the benefit of all

In addition, ARC has participated in many EU projects, collaborating with several universities and research institutes. We are also active in programmes funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Farmed fish and shrimp health

In our search for health promoting diets, we conduct in depth research on immunostimulants, antioxidants, stress reduction and gut strength. In addition to optimising medicated feeds, we formulate diets for specific situations, such as infectious diseases or extreme environmental conditions.

We have also developed and are furthering pioneering quantitative histological methods that provide precise appraisals of changes in organ structure.



Optimised fish and shrimp nutrition

Our nutrition researchers are constantly testing raw materials to establish their nutritional value and their functionality during the production process, as well as to gauge potential risks with regards to food safety and quality and sustainability.

Their research takes species, size, biology, and environment and health conditions into careful consideration when ascertaining nutritional needs. Feeds are developed for all fish and shrimp species grown under optimal conditions as well as special formulations for those grown in difficult environmental conditions, such as regions prone to fluctuating water temperatures.


Advanced fish and shrimp feed production techniques

Because raw material procurement is a major cost driver, our feed production researchers are constantly striving to increase the flexibility and functionality of the raw materials that we source without impacting the physical or nutritional aspects of our diets.

At the same time, we are developing technologies and new methodologies aimed at further increasing the efficiency and quality of our formulations while also delivering a more sustainable supply chain.

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