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Health and Nutrition Gaining Importance in Aquaculture

06 September 2016
Biomin

ITALY - “Are farmed fish weaker than in the past?,” asked Dr Alessio Bonaldo, Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences at the University of Bologna, speaking at the 2016 BIOMIN Aqua Days held in late August.

His answer: yes, for two main reasons. First, less fish meal and fish oil in diets, and second, the intensification of aquaculture has led to weakened immune systems. Part of the solution involves meeting the nutritional requirements of farmed species.

“Functional feeds can be good tools to increase the health and performance of your fish,” he explained.

He also highlighted the benefits of nutritional solutions. “Used carefully and correctly, in the end it’s better to use functional feeds—even if the cost is higher,” he said.

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