Caring about the future

ALISSA - Healthy and sustainable food for aquaculture fish
Coordinator - Sparos, Lda.
CESAM Responsible researcher - Rui Jorge Miranda Rocha
Programme - Portugal 2020
Execution dates - 2015-10-01 - 2018-12-31 (39 Months)
Funding Entity - FEDER e CRESC Algarve 2020
Funding for CESAM - 90129 €
Total Funding - 868169 €
Proponent Institution - Sparos, Lda.
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Universidade do Algarve (UAlg)
A. Coelho & Castro Lda.
Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS)
Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular (IBMC)
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)

Project Description
The European Aquaculture faces great challenges, due to external competition and consumers demanding high quality products, environmental friendly and with competitive prices. Feeding is one of the major costs in fish production, representing usually 20-50% of operational costs. However, most commercial fish productions use non-optimised feeding regimes, resulting in poor feed conversion, additional feeding costs and environmental impacts. Feeding strategies are also strongly linked with an optimised nutrition, that provides an optimum growth (cost/benefit), with a minimum of waste (environmental impact) and allow optimal fish health. Meeting essential amino acids requirements, as well as knowledge on their metabolism, are particularly important. Furthermore, these requirements change in environmental stress, or disease situations. The central aim of the ALISSA project is to develop feed formuIations that promotes optimal nutritional and immune status, and within the parameters of economic and environmental sustainability in aquaculture fish. More specifically we intend to bring to market at the end of the project a highly innovative product, and two unique services with high added value: 1) A fish feed supplement range, allowing for fortifying specific amino acid contents, and enable optimum performance, and better resistance to pathogens, especially under stress conditions, as well as the recovery post-infection. 2) An improved computer application that simulates performance, biochemical composition, and environmental impacts in fish fed with different formulations and at different temperatures. 3) An evaluation service of nutritional and immune status of fish in aquaculture, based on molecular biomarkers, and depending on the aquafeeds employed. Two companies and seven research institutes are participating in the project, and in collaboration with potential distribution partners and customers, what strengthens the potential impact of this project on the European market.

CESAM members on this project


CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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