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Using Soybeans to Feed Fish

Pacu, a native Amazonian fish, is well suited to culture with soy feeds.

Soybeans are one of the world’s best non-fish sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids, healthy proteins, and unsaturated fats. High-quality soy protein is fed to farmed fish and shellfish, to support their growth and healthy development.

Soybean meal, soy protein concentrates, soybean oil, and other vegetable proteins and oils, can replace from one-third to one-half of the fishmeal in feeds for many farmed species, reducing the need for wild-caught fish for fishmeal.

Soybean meal costs significantly less than most animal meals, including fish meal. Reducing feed cost is critical to improving efficiency and maintaining sustainability in aquaculture operations. Because the nutrient requirements of farmed fish and shellfish are so complex, each feed ratio is formulated based on the individual species’ needs. Most farm-raised fish and shellfish can easily digest soymeal, which helps the fish more efficiently transform ingested protein into body weight.

Soybean meal provides a consistent product to fish farmers, which in turn allows farmers to supply consumers, chefs, and others with fish and shrimp of consistent quality, size, and supply.