Publication Date

2013-11-14

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2013-11-14

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Marine Affairs and Policy (Marine)

Date of Defense

2013-09-04

First Committee Member

Daniel D. Benetti

Second Committee Member

Jorge A. Suárez

Third Committee Member

Andres Felipe Müller

Abstract

Fish meal replacement experiment was conducted with cobia above 1.77 ± 0.3 kg. The fish were fed one control diet and three experimental diets, for duration of 91 days. All diets were formulated isonitrogenous and isoenergetic and supplemented with amino acid mix. The control diet was similar to commercial diet formulations. Two experimental diets were formulated in which 67% of protein from fishmeal was replaced by: a) a combination of dehulled SBM+ Soy Protein Concentrate (Solae Profine®) labeled as MXSB diet, and b) a combination of Soy Protein Concentrate (Solae Profine®) + Schillinger Navita™ labeled Navita™ diet. In the Navita™ diet, the Soybean meal was completely replaced by SG-Navita™. The final experimental diet was formulated to replace 80% of protein from fishmeal by a combination of Schillinger Navita™+ Soy Protein Concentrate (Solae Profine®) labeled Navita™ Extreme diet. Results showed no significant differences between all four diets in most performance criteria (FCR, PER, FE, MDI, GPI, and GEI). Data also showed no significant differences in MR, VSI, and HSI. These results concluded that no physiological alterations occurred when fish were feed high levels of soy-bean replacement diets. There existed significant differences in FIFO ratios between diets. Data showed that Navita™ extreme produced the lowest values, which reached as low as 0.91 ± 0.16. Our findings suggest that Navita™ has a high potential to serve as a fishmeal replacement in aquaculture feeds.

Keywords

Cobia; Non-GM soy; Fish meal replacement; Aquafeeds

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