ARRAINA at a glance

Title: Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture
Programme: FP7, Cooperation; Food, Agriculture
Instrument: Collaborative Project
Duration: January 2012 – December 2016
Coordinator: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Consortium: 21 partners from 11 countries


Project Objectives

The overall objectives of this project are to

  1. develop sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species, over their respective full life cycles, with reduced levels of fish meal (FM) and fish oil (FO) and
  2. assess the long term physiological consequences by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species of European farmed fish. It will therefore provide flexibility in the use of various ingredients in the formulation of feeds which are cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality.


Expected impact

ARRAINA will ensure the development of tools (pertinent biomarkers) required to measure and predict the effects of alternative feeds on fish metabolism and health, and define nutritional requirements for the 5 main European farmed fish species, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), sea bream (Sparus aurata), seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and common carp (Cyprinus carpio). The project will use these tools to develop alternative feeds and novel vectors for early life stages of fish development that have not been sufficiently addressed yet, and study the long-term effects of these alternative feeds on metabolism, performance, quality and waste management over the full life-cycle (egg to broodstock). ARRAINA will also validate this concept of nutritional programming in fish.

By jointly involving researchers and the key stakeholders in the aquaculture industry in Europe (feed producers, actors of the food supply chain, farmers, consumers and policy makers) in the design and assessment of these alternative feeds, ARRAINA will facilitate the rapid and widespread adoption and implementation of these innovative sustainable feeds. ARRAINA will thereby contribute to the development of feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European fish species and to improve the competiveness, employment, health and environment of the EU and candidate countries. 

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 288925. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.