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Fish oil and meal replacement

A thematic network on Fish Oil and Meal Replacement, based on five existing European Union-funded programmes, will be formed. Four network meetings will be organised, and new research results will continuously be added, together with new information and informed comments, to an internet site. Whilst all projects represent important activities, there is a marked imbalance between efforts on fish meal and oil replacement. None of the projects had considered food safety or consumer health as a consequence of changed fillet composition stemming from changes in feed resources. There are no considerations of genetically modified feed resources, which may soon dominate the alternative feed resource market. The five projects are keen to widen the knowledge pool, by informed discussions with other authorities and stakeholders in the field of farmed fish, fish feed producers and bodies concerned with health and safety.

Objectives
The objectives of this project are:
1) to optimise scientific networking, management, co-ordination, monitoring and exchange of information on a volunteer basis by utilising and expanding existing activities from the on-going EU-funded projects: PEPPA, Gutintegrity, Pufafeed, Fppars and RAFOA
2) to utilise, at a modest cost, the existing knowledge in the partner scientific institutions in the aforementioned EU-funded projects so as to strengthen and expand scientific discussions and information exchange relevant to fish meal and oil replacement.
3) to relate findings emerging from the existing programmes to the wider field of farmed fish quality and safety by information exchange and informed discussion between participants in existing programmes, experts from the feed and fish producing industries, producer and consumer organisations, and the health and safety authorities.

Results
1. Establish a thematic network - FORM - to enhance interactions between the
scientific partners and the feed industry, producers and consumer organisations.
2. Organise four network meetings, one per annum:
. alternative feed resources - influences on feed consumption, protein and lipid
metabolism, physiological changes and product quality;
. alternative feed resources - with special focus on genetically modified ingredients
and/or ingredients derived from genetically modified plants or micro-organisms versus
genetic modification of farmed fish species;
. aquaculture and food safety - with special focus on dioxins and other potential
hazardous contaminants;
. aquaculture and healthy eating - with special focus on tailoring the farmed product
to consumer needs.
3. Provide the public with up-to-date factual information and informed comments on current and developing issues on farmed fish quality and safety through a planned web site.

Classified in FOOD, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE, GENOMICS

Scientist responsible for the project

Dr OYVIND LIE
Strandgaten 229 Box 176, sentrum
5804 Bergen
Norway - NO

Phone: +47 55905201
Fax: +47 55905299
E-mail: oyvind.lie@nutr.fiskeridir.no

References

Project ID QLRT-2001-00628
Organisation NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NUTRITION AND SEAFOOD RESEARCH
Area 5.1.2
Start date 01 November 2002
Duration (months) 48
Total cost 529 582 €
Total EC contribution   529 582 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project   http://www.FORMnetwork.net

The partners

  • ATO B.V., Netherlands (The) - NL
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