Aquafeed Vol 13 Issue 4 2021

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Innovative tools to improve monitoring of the nutritional supply chain in aquaculture Dominique P Bureau, University of Guelph, Jamie M. Hooft , Stephen J. Gunther, Wittaya Aqua International

The aquaculture industry is a highly dynamic and rapidly evolving sector that is continually faced with the challenge of improving its efficiency and sustainability. Much of global aquaculture production relies on the supply of nutritious feeds supporting high growth, health and welfare of animals. Considerations also need to be made in order to ensure that the feeds and feeding enable the production of high-quality, highly marketable products in an environmentally sustainable and profitable manner (Fig. 1).

With feed cost representing 50% to 70% of the total production cost, processes focused on optimizing nutrition have a significant impact on the overall economic viability of aquaculture operations. Aquaculture production relies on a “nutritional supply chain”, which includes the production and procurement of feed ingredients, feed formulation and manufacturing and the feeding of animals. Tracking the nutritional supply chain in aquaculture, from ingredients, to feed, to fish is regarded as increasingly important for a variety of reasons.

Figure 1. The nutritional supply chain in aquaculture.

Aquafeed: Advances in Processing & Formulation Vol 13 Issue 4 2021

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