More people than ever rely on aquaculture and fisheries for food and as a source of income according to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). As a result, aquaculture is the fastest growing agribusiness in the world. But to support this growth, securing quality and sustainable feed sources is key. Traditional protein sources for aquafeed are insufficient:
- Fish stocks are currently exploited at their maximum (90-100%) and fish meal production will reach a stable production;
- Plant proteins are a good alternative but can impact performance and quality if included in high proportions.
At this pace, the FAO predicts a deficit in quality protein up to 30 to 40 MT for aquaculture by 2030. Insects are a natural and sustainable source of high-quality protein for aquaculture. Over the last few years, insects have also demonstrated their performance in fish farms thereby cementing their role in enabling aquaculture to fulfill its potential and feed tomorrow’s world.