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Benefits of Soy-Fed Fish

It’s a given—fish and shellfish are important ingredients in a healthy diet. But how can we keep the quality and nutrition benefits of farm-raised fish high without depleting the oceans of wild fish used in farmed fish feed. Using American-grown soy products as an ingredient in fish food is a viable and sustainable solution.

Eat Fish for Health:

International health experts agree: People should enjoy a variety of fish and shellfish for optimal health. Farm-raised fish and shellfish provide consumers with healthy and sustainable choices.

American health experts agree: The American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, federal government, and other health authorities recommend that eating fish at least twice a week is important for a balanced diet.

Adult health benefits: For adults, omega-3s and the low saturated fat proteins in fish can help decrease triglyceride levels, slightly lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and decrease the risk of irregular heartbeats. Some research also shows that omega-3s may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, decrease joint pain and inflammation related to arthritis, and ease symptoms of depression.

Infant health benefits: Nutrient-rich seafood is critical for infant neurodevelopment. In 2007, a comprehensive study by U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers found that mothers who ate more than 12 ounces of seafood per week had children with advanced verbal communication, motor coordination, and social skills.

Soy Allows for Scalability:

Save more wild fish: Ingredients in fish feed, such as soybean meal and 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, easing pressure on depleted wild fish stocks.

Lower cost, greater availability: Soybean meal has a significantly lower cost than most animal meals, particularly marine animal protein meals. Reducing feed cost is critical to improving efficiency and making aquaculture more sustainable and affordable to meet growing demand for seafood.

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

Growth opportunities: Unlike wild fish resources, soybeans in aquaculture feed can scale up to sustain the growth of global aquaculture. Soybean production has increased more than tenfold in the past four decades, and can sustain this growth in the coming years.

Support U.S.-Grown Soy:

Support for U.S. farmers: America’s soybean farmers provide a source of healthy, efficient, renewable, and affordable feed that nourishes the fish that feed families around the world.

Consistent quality, cost, and availability: U.S.-grown soybean products are a top protein source for sustainable aquaculture.