$5.2m aquaculture research project provides opportunity for students

$5.2m aquaculture research project provides opportunity for students

NMIT is collaborating on a significant research project which aims to fully understand the specific dietary requirements of King salmon.

The project, led by New Zealand King Salmon, is seeking to understand how the dietary requirements of the rare (Chinook) King Salmon differs from the common Atlantic Salmon. As the King Salmon is predominately farmed in New Zealand it doesn't benefit from research by the broader global industry - therefore local initiatives are critical to ensuring the highest quality product.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) will be involved alongside Seafood Innovations Ltd (SIL), Nelson's Cawthron Institute and Danish feed producer BioMar.

Running over four years, the project will offer NMIT degree and post-graduate students industry focused research opportunities into nutrition that will make the future of salmon farming even more sustainable.

"The project is expected to generate at least one new science position at Cawthron in Nelson and several positions for PhD or tertiary level students which aligns well with NMIT's aquaculture diploma". - NZ Food Manufacturer

The project aims to develop a facility which will give the researchers the ability to control exactly what the fish feed on as well as determine how well they are digesting the food. This will enable the researchers to fine tune the diets to optimise the ingredients used in the feed to give the greatest growth and minimise waste.

Read more on NZ Food Manufacturer(external link)

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