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Aquaculture or aquafarming is the farming of fish, crustaceans and shellfish in salt and fresh water. With demand rising by two to three percent every year and many marine fish stocks already overfished, more than half of all fish and seafood now comes from aquaculture, which has grown at a double-digit clip for decades. 

Today, the world produces more farmed fish than beef. Not only is aquaculture necessary, it is also a sustainable option for consumers, especially in comparison to other farmed proteins: Seafood is highly resource efficient - it has the highest protein retention compared to chicken, pork and beef. It also has the lowest feed conversion ratio among the same forms of protein. In addition, aquaculture has lower greenhouse gas emissions than other types of farming. Sustainable aquaculture production in turn comes with many challenges: Animal health and vitality are just as important as achieving optimum performance to earn a good profit. High-quality feed helps to supply the fish an crustaceans with essential nutrients and vitamins and make fish and shellfish more visually appealing to consumers.

Graphic: 70% of the costs involved in fish and shellfish production come from feed.

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BASF products help to…

  • Bind toxins in aqua feed
  • Provide fish and shellfish with the necessary nutrients
  • Give salmon, trout and shellfish a desired and beautiful pink color
  • Increase survival rate of shrimp stock, affected by EMS (Early Mortality Syndrome)
Animal feed ingredientss - Photo of shrimps

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Animal feed ingredientss - Photo of shrimps

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