In a quest for the highest-quality “natural,” our biologists work with recognized research centers and scientists to ensure an increasingly sustainable production.

We invest substantially in R&D and systems that enable us to operate at the highest levels of efficiency, working with nature and not against it, focusing on quality and

the welfare of our people, the animals in our care and the environment. These policies undergird all our operations and processes.

R&D Project

Helathy Feed – Seabass and Seabream

Most wild fisheries have reached or surpassed the limits of sustainability for our fish stocks. However, due to its nutritional qualities, demand for fish continues to increase. Thus, aquaculture has emerged as the fastest growing food production industry worldwide. It is a healthy, sustainable alternative, with production levels now surpassing those of wild fisheries. In many cases, aquaculture delivers a product that is better than wild caught fish, both in terms of quality and freshness.

Despite significant technological advances, aquaculture still continues to suffer from a particular vulnerability to high mortality rates.

To minimize the impact on the environment and losses in aquaculture production, it is necessary to continue to invest in research and development, namely with regard to the active and systematic prevention of the impact of pathogens on fish and water.

For NaturaFish, it is essential to combine these concerns with the sustainability of farming practices, in its various areas. This can be done either by reducing emissions to the environment, achieved by increasing the digestibility of the ingredients of the diets and by promoting the intestinal integrity of the fish, or by eradicating the use of chemicals, using additives that promote fish health, always guaranteeing the economic sustainability of production.

Based on these premises, NaturaFish, together with its partners, is developing a new R&D project – “Ração Saúde Dourada e Robalo”.

The objective of the project is to develop diets for seabass and seabream, with adequate levels of protein and energy, taking into account the nutritional needs of the species, promoting intestinal integrity and resistance to disease, in order to obtain improvements in growth, feed conversion and in animal welfare. On the other hand, the sensory quality of fish grown with different levels of inclusion and different combinations of feed will be studied, in order to understand the relationship between the organoleptic, sensory and zootechnical properties of seabream and its food.

Research Partners:

  • Aquasoja
  • CIMAR – Faculdade Ciências Universidade do Porto
  • IPA – Estação Piloto de Piscicultura de Olhão

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