Aqquua recognizes that one of the biggest concerns in developing aquaculture of high-value species is the ecological footprints of aquaculture from using fishmeal and fish oil derived from wild fishery stocks of small pelagics.
We continue to source traceable, sustainable, renewable high quality ingredients to ensure responsible and sustainable uses of natural resources.
To that end, Aqquua is already working with experts from the Aquaculture Nutrition Program at the University of Miami to search for alternative foodstuffs to replace fish meal and fish oil in diets. We are working to formulate and manufacture our own feeds specifically dedicated to each target species considering nutrient digestibility at their various developmental stages, from fingerlings to market size.
Additionally, we will work with UM on the development of hatchery technology for commercially important marine fish species. This will effectively assist and expedite Aqquua US in achieving its goal of developing commercial marine fish aquaculture in the United States using land-based Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).
Based on successful experiences with Aqquua US, the company has opted for using advanced land-based systems in the US. The first step towards implementing viable land-based operations is to identify and select species that can be successfully raised in RAS. For this reason, Aqquua US has teamed up with UM Aquaculture to identify and select high-value species that can be raised at high stocking densities in such systems.
This initiative represents an excellent opportunity to conduct trials to evaluate the aquaculture performance aimed at improving aquaculture technologies of a number of high-value species ranging from demersal flounder to pelagic tunas.