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Soy Protein Concentrate as a Replacement for Fishmeal in the Fingerling Diet for Tilapia

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Michael C. Cremer, Zhou Enhua, Zhang Jian and Timothy O’Keefe
ASA-IM/China Aquaculture Program

A feeding trial was conducted in 2008 by the American Soybean Association International Marketing (ASA-IM) program in cooperation with the Beijing Municipal Fishery Extension Center to demonstrate the feasibility of replacing fishmeal with soy protein concentrate (SPC) in the ASA-IM 36/7 1 fingerling feed for tilapia. The trial was conducted to demonstrate to fish farmers and feed millers in southern China that an all- plant protein fingerling feed would yield equivalent tilapia production and performance as a high fishmeal inclusion feed. The ability to use all-plant protein feeds at the fingerling stage provides feed millers with an option to formulate without fishmeal, which is limited in availability, as well as a means to improve industry sustainability by providing a fingerling feed in which the majority of protein is supplied from renewable plant sources.

Product Classification: 
Soybean Meal
Region Classification: 
North Asia
Technology Classification: 
80:20 Freshwater
Pond Technology
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