Such a lot has been going on in the area of feeds over the past two months. To us aquaponicists, feed can represent a huge cost financially to our systems, but also to the planet – in terms of how we interact with sustainable modes of production. The big one for us down’t farm is that insects could be legally used in fish feeds in Europe as early as next July after the EU voted in December to accept proposed amendments to legislation governing farmed insects used in animal feeds.
We’ve begun communications with CEFAS to see if we can add to the policy making process with the Aquaponics sector in mind and working with Tom Astor @18anhaltroad on twitter- if you want to talk to him.
In other feeds news, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has launched a protocol for how marine raw materials should used in feed. This increases the amount of marine raw material available for use in feed at farms certified to the ASC Farm Standards – which seems a bit odd to us – as we think we should be using LESS marine derived materials in feed to be more sustainable.
And – Under the theme ‘Farmed in Europe’, the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) co-organised with the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) presented the fifth edition of its annual event ‘Aquaculture in motion’ on the 7th of December in Brussels – see the Presentations from Aquaculture in Motion here.