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Throwing a more sustainable shrimp on the barbie

This blog by researchers Cedric Simon and Ha Truong from CSIRO Agriculture & Food discusses a method they have developed to reduce the amount of wild fish needed for prawn feed.

Research has shown that prawns can grow 20 to 40% faster in controlled tank environments when a specially developed feed supplement called Novacq is added as a feed ingredient (at 10% inclusion). Prawns also perform better on low protein diets when Novacq is included, allowing for production of prawns with less need for fishmeal from fish caught in the wild.

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