Conference to discuss organic feed issues –

Conference to discuss organic feed issues Published:  19 October, 2006

Peter Bridson

THE principal ingredients and the issues surrounding organic aquafeed are set to be discussed at the Aquafeed Horizons conference in the Netherlands, next May.

During the relatively recent expansion of organic farming from terrestrial to aquatic environments, a number of challenges to fundamental organic principles have arisen.

One such challenge has been to provide feeds for carnivorous fish, such as salmon or trout, in a sustainable manner – minimising the environmental impacts of the collection or production of feed ingredients, their transport, processing and the wastes associated with their digestion.

Peter Bridson, manager of the Soil Association’s Aquaculture Development Programme, will discuss the organisation’s approach to the principal ingredients and the issues surrounding organic aquafeeds at Aquafeed Horizons Conference, scheduled to take place alongside Victam 2007, from May 9-10,2007 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Other topics covered include: aquaculture production and markets in Central and Eastern Europe; innovative technologies; fishmeal and fishoil alternatives for aquafeeds; current issues in aquaculture feed and formulation; improving animal performance; feeding efficiency; and product quality in aquaculture species.

Practical talks will focus on ingredients and processing interactions and aquafeed processing techniques and technology.

Aquafeed Horizons is organised and presented by, the aquafeed industry information gateway and Fiskeriforskning, the Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.