Development and Use of Fish Meal Substitutes in Aquaculture Feed Formulation among ASEAN States Underway

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In efforts to strengthen the research and development of protein substitution in aquaculture feed formulation among the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a Regional Technical Consultation (RTC) was organized by the Aquaculture Department and Secretariat of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) together with the Government of Myanmar. The activity gathered experts from both international and regional organizations to define priorities and policy directions on the development and use of alternative dietary ingredients or fish meal substitutes in aquaculture feed formulation.

The meeting specifically aimed to: review the country status and concerns of ASEAN-SEAFDEC countries in relation to the development of alternative dietary ingredients for aquaculture feed; identify regional advances for this matter; distinguish approaches that supports catch reduction of low-value fishes; develop policy recommendations on the use of aquaculture feeds; and improve member countries cooperation and stakeholder cooperation that furthers sustainable aquaculture practices.

Results of the said activity were compiled and published by the SEAFDEC’s Aquaculture Department. It includes country paper reports, review papers, synopsis of the working group discussions, as well as a list of regional policy recommendations identified during the meeting.

The country papers in this publication are: Aquafeed development and utilization of alternative dietary ingredients in aquaculture feed formulation in Indonesia; Status of development and use of alternative dietary ingredients in aquaculture feed formulations in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Singapore; A new type of fish diet, non-fish meal extruded pellet for yellow tail; Status of development and use of alternative dietary ingredients in aquaculture feed formulations in Japan: Recent progress of fish meal replacement study on marine fish; and Development and use of alternative dietary ingredients for fish meal in Myanmar.

While the review papers are on the: Use of plant protein in aquaculture feed for top five commodities in ASEAN member states; Use of plant protein in aquaculture feed for high value marine species; Processing of alternative feed ingredients in aquaculture feed; Overview on the use of plant protein in aquaculture feed; FAO policies and initiatives promoting responsible and efficient use of feed ingredients from marine animal origin; and Regional policy recommendations for development and use of alternative dietary ingredients in aquaculture feed formulation.

Editors Mae Catacutan, Relicardo Coloso, and Belen Acosta say that this publication will guide the ASEAN member states, regional organizations and partners in drawing up country-specific and regional policies which could reduce dependence of aquaculture on feed ingredients from marine animal origin, and in the long term, could benefit the region’s aquaculture industry and fishery sector (Catacutan, et al, 2015, p ix).

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