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SNIPH Research Project

Section 1: Project details
Project Title: Development of alternative sustainable fish feeds to promote human health using novel non-conventional indigenous ingredients. (Sustainable New Ingredients to Promote Health (SNIPH))
BBSRC Grant Reference: BB/N005031/1
Grant Amount: £251,823.09
UK Lead Principal Investigator:
Prof Douglas TocherUniversity of Stirling, Scotland
International partners working on the award:
Prof Brett GlencrossUniversity of Stirling, Scotland
William LeschenUniversity of Stirling, Scotland
Dr Adam HughesScottish Association for Marine Science, Scotland
Dr Nazael MadallaSokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Stephano KarozaSokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Dr Patricia MuendoMachakos University
Domiziano MaingiAquaculture Association of Kenya, Kenya
Stanley MworiaAquaculture Association of Kenya, Kenya
Mary OpiyoKenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Dr. Paul OrinaKenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Dr. Kevin MbogoJomokenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Prof Rina ChakrabartiUniversity of Delhi, India
Prof Ramaballav RoyUniversity of Goa, India
Prof Padmakumar PadmakumarKerala University, India
Dr JaiGopal SharmaDelhi Technical University, India
Dr Cecile BrugereSoulfish Consultancy

Section 2: Introduction/objective

An inter-disciplinary large scale collaborative research that was funded by BBSRC/DFID to investigate development of alternative sustainable fish feeds using novel non-conventional indigenous ingredients to promote human health. The research aimed at improving the Omega – 3 status of  farmed fish (Carp & Tilapia) in Kenya, India and Tanzania for the benefit of local populations. It assessed the feasibility and potential of aquatic Macrophytes as ingredients for fish feeds. Selected novel ingredients were tested for their ability to not only support growth, and health of the farmed fish, but also, their ability to enhance nutritional quality through enhanced Omega 3 content
Section 3: Key outputs and impacts
The project work  confirmed that Macrophytes have a capacity to increase fatty acid levels in cultured tilapia, and this has the potential to improve the health of the consumers. Based on results from macrophyte culture trials, the project developed and disseminated guidelines for culture of macrophytes and their incorporation in fish feeds. The culture of macrophytes not only offers a potential alternative to fish meal in fish feed manufacture, but also a potential alternative livelihood to farmers. Dissemination of project results/outputs also offered an opportunity for sensitization of farmers, consumers and other aquaculture stakeholders on health benefits of omega 3 fats. The project works and related interactions opened potential opportunities for further collaborative research (locally, regionally and internationally) on different aspects of the use of macrophytes in the aquafeed industry. Post project efforts will focus on building collaborative research and partnerships between academic, research institutions and industry players on various aspects on commercialization of macrophyte culture and potential utilization as an alternative feed ingredient

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