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Susatianable ressourced for aquafeeds in Iran


Development of Sustainable Feeds for Rainbow Trout Based on Locally Available Feed Resources in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Islamic republic of Iran has ambitious plans of increasing the annual aquaculture production by 500 000 tonnes within the next 5 years. This requires an additional supply of aquafeeds in the same order.

Background and Objective

The Islamic Republic of Iran has ambitious plans to expand the aquaculture sector to increase domestic supply of high quality animal protein and to generate employment and income in rural areas. The increase in aquaculture production will generate a demand for feeds in the order of 500,000 t/a. This joint project between Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute (IFSRI) and Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology aims at developing environmentally friendly, low nutrient-release diets from sustainable sources, mostly locally available plant materials.


Identification of potential feed ingredients available in sufficient quantities (e.g. press cakes, ceral by-products, slaughtery by-products)

Analysis of chemical characteristics, anti-nutrients, processing/additives and digestibility of individual ingredients

Design of experimental diets

Laboratory testing of high performance, low emission diet

Field testing including assessment of effluent quality


Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
    (national, öffentlich)


1.2018 - 12.2021

More Information

Projekt type:
Project funding number: 323-06.01-50 2816DOKI05
Project status: ongoing