U.S. Soy continues to be recognized as an important resource for fish and shrimp nutritional needs. U.S. Soybean Meal, U.S. Advanced Soy Proteins, U.S. Soy Lecithin, and U.S. Soybean Oils are utilized everyday in aquafeeds to feed a wide variety of fresh water and marine fin fish and shrimp.
The current research focus areas for SAA are:
SYSTEMS: Research into intensive aquaculture systems that will support expansion of U.S. Soy usage in aquaculture diets.
GENETICS: Genetic research for finfish and shrimp that increases the knowledge base allowing greater inclusion of U.S. Soy into aquaculture diets.
DIETARY FORMULATIONS and NUTRITION: Holistic research into expanding the practical and rational inclusion of U.S. Soy into aquaculture diets.
NUTRITION DIFFERENTIATION: Research to differentiate the value of U.S. Soybean Meal in aquaculture diets.
Within each focus area, proposed research projects should include the following:
- U.S. SOY PROTEIN INGREDIENTS AS MAJOR PROTEIN SOURCES IN FEEDS FOR FARMED FISHES OR CRUSTACEANS
- U.S. SOY OIL AS A FISH OIL REPLACEMENT IN FEEDS FOR FARMED FISHES OR CRUSTACEANS
We thank the excellent researchers that SAA works with to conduct the impactful research that has yielded results allowing for greater inclusions of U.S. Soy in fin fish and shrimp diets.
Top 5 Things You Need to Know: U.S. Soy in Aquaculture Research
- Aquaculture continues to be one of the fastest growing uses for our soybeans. Today, Aquaculture is growing faster than the rate of human population growth!
- The knowledge of fish and shrimp nutrition has expanded but we still have need for better understanding of nutritional requirements for important production species.
- The Soy in Aquaculture Research work focuses on research to increase the use of U.S. Soy in key species of fish and shrimp cultured in the United States and in our important export markets.
- Newer research tools are allowing us to identify families of fish with higher soy tolerance allowing for the increased use of U.S. Soy in fish diets.
- Thanks to research work done by the U.S. Soybean Checkoff, in partnership with a government agencies and university researchers, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approved the use of taurine from additional sources. This now allows U.S. aquafeed producers to utilize crystal taurine and reduce the use of fishmeal in the diets and increase the use of soybean meal in diets for domestic aquaculture feeds and for feeds produced in the U.S. for export.