KnipBioâ€™s Microbe Technology Creates Better Fish Feed Company develops new use for ethanol in producing aquaculture feedstock. By Debbie Sniderman
KnipBio, a Massachusetts-based biotechnology company, has developed a series of microbes that converts lowcost feedstocks into premium, nutritious, single-cell proteins that are an alternative to fishmeal in aquaculture. Its fermentation process yields a protein flour that is laden with immunity-boosting, pigment-enhancing carotenoids to produce healthier, more vibrant fish.
There is a large, urgent need for fish feed, says Larry Feinberg, KnipBio CEO. â€œAquaculture is one of the best hopes to meet the swelling protein demands for people. It is currently a $110 billion market, and it is expected to double by 2030. The number of farmraised fish for every wild-caught fish will double to 2:1 in the same time, meaning the world will need 25 million new tons of fish. All of this production will come from formulated feed. The current market is a global one, with less than 1 percent of fish feed used in the U.S.
FEED TO FORK: Feeding fish and showing no harm compared to fishmeal is one thing, but how do the fish taste? KnipBio CEO Larry Feinberg says "YUM!" PHOTO: KNIP BIO
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