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Alltech’s Kentucky plant one of largest commercial production sites in the world for algae

Aquaculture industry up 12% in 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2017) — According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent increase in feed production in 2016 to 39.9 million metric tons. Asia maintained its volume and accounts for approximately three-quarters of global production per Alltech’s 2016 Aquaculture Survey.

Winchester plant
Winchester plant

“The Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report produced by the World Bank states that the projected growth in fed aquaculture over the 2000–2030 period, equivalent to an annual average growth rate of 3.9 percent per year, is much faster than the projected growth in fish oil use in aquaculture, which has an average annual growth rate of 1.7 percent,” said Dr. Keith Filer, project manager for aquaculture research at Alltech. “This is why Alltech is committed to providing a sustainable alternative to fish oil with our algae.”

Alltech has been improving aquaculture performance through nutrition for 13 years, but recent developments have significantly strengthened the company’s efforts:

Alltech has partnered with several universities and a research institute through formal research alliances to demonstrate the impact of Alltech’s algae solutions in a variety of species:

  • Alltech-Kochi University Research Alliance (Japan) in Japanese yellowtail
  • Alltech-Ocean University of China Research Alliance (China) in turbot and shrimp
  • Alltech-Federal University of Santa Catarina Research Alliance (Brazil) in tilapia
  • Alltech-Kentucky State University (U.S.) Research Alliance in largemouth bass and shrimp
  • Alltech-Nofima (Norway) Research Alliance in Atlantic salmon