Context and Objectives

Aquaculture is becoming the main source of fish for human consumption and could represent the main source of protein for human consumption in 2050.
As fish fisheries for fishmeal industry have been stable since the introduction of quotas, the world production of fishmeal and fish oil can no longer meet the needs of growing aquaculture.
The NINAqua project aims to seize new opportunities available for the sector in the field of raw materials (plant biodiversity, new Transformed Animal Proteins, producer interest microalgae, yeast and insects, etc.). The main challenge is to develop a new aquaculture feed to enable companies in the French "trout" and "bar" fish farming industry to anticipate the total substitution of fishmeal and fish oil in aquaculture foods.
In practice, the objectives are:

  • To determine and develop new ingredients that can be incorporated into new aquaculture feed,
  • To define the effectiveness of these new fish feed with respect to growth, health and quality of fish,
  • To establish whether these new foods are capable of ensuring the technical, economic and environmental sustainability of French aquaculture systems.


  • Le Gouessant
  • Algae Natural Food
  • Fermentalg
  • Lesaffre
  • Copalis
  • CIPA
  • INRA NUMEA St-Pée-sur-Nivelle
  • INRA PEIMA Sizun
  • INRA UMR SAS Rennes
  • INRA VIM Jouy-en-Josas
  • IFREMER Palavas-les-Flots
  • Institut Pasteur Paris

This project has been labeled by the competitiveness clusters AQUIMER, Mer Bretagne Atlantique, Mer Méditerranée , Hydréos, and Agri sud-ouest innovation.

Modification date : 06 February 2023 | Publication date : 17 August 2015 | Redactor : PEIMA