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Australia Biotech

CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food 116

Posted by timothy
from the sweet-sweet-prawn dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team of CSIRO scientists has discovered the holy grail of aquaculture by developing the world's first fish-free prawn food: Novaq. According to the article there is intense global interest in Novaq because it solves one of the farmed prawn industry's biggest problems — its reliance on wild fisheries as a core ingredient in prawn food. The Novaq formula is a closely guarded secret, but it is known that the product is based on microscopic marine organisms. Not only will the new feed introduce greater sustainability into a growth industry but prawns fed on the new diet grow 40% faster and are healthier and more robust."
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

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  • Re:Not very secret (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Karmashock (2415832) on Saturday April 12, 2014 @01:14AM (#46731931)

    They gave it up when they said it was made from micro organisms... Its plankton.

  • Bugs? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by StefanJ (88986) on Saturday April 12, 2014 @01:19AM (#46731939) Homepage Journal

    There was an interesting piece on Radiolab* last year about some guys who'd found an protein-rich insect whose larva at almost anything, including agricultural waste and pig manure. They reduced the amount of waste that had to be dealt with and result in copious quantities of nutritious bug flesh.

    One of the suggested uses was food for farmed fish.

    * I think . . . I'm having trouble finding the segment in the archives.

  • Re:Reliance (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Opportunist (166417) on Saturday April 12, 2014 @03:16AM (#46732203)

    Unless there's a lot of prawn farmers hanging out at /., I'd say it's failed ad targeting. If anything, you can get the usual shitstorm about food industry holding farmers in a stranglehold and put CSIRO (whoever they may be) in a corner with Mosanto and the like.

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