R&D Collaborations

Project: Grass protein

About the project

To ensure sustainable production of Norwegian salmon, a short-lived local grass will be included as a new protein ingredient in salmon feed to replace soya protein with a high CO2 footprint.

The Research Council of Norway.

Aller Aqua and NMBU collaborate to develop and optimize salmon feed containing grass proteins at different inclusion levels. Laboratory and feeding trials at sea cages will evaluate the growth, digestibility, health, and welfare during the production cycle.

Feed is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the aquaculture industry. In Norway, only 8% of the ingredients in the aquafeed are of Norwegian origin, and imported vegetable protein raw materials accounted for as much as 41%, with soy protein concentrate (SPC) as the primary source in 2020. The aquaculture industry is taking significant strides towards sustainability by re-evaluating the use of feed ingredients. In Norway, the government has set a goal to source all aquaculture feed from sustainable sources by 2030.

This calls for a shift towards new, sustainable raw materials, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a healthier environment. By working towards this goal, industry is not only contributing towards a healthier planet but also ensuring a more sustainable future for all.

Our project is dedicated to showcasing grass proteins' immense potential as a viable and sustainable alternative for salmon feed. We're thrilled to be part of this innovative and transformative initiative.

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU and Aller Aqua