METAMORPHOSIS– enhanced insect protein for aquaculture

Project title: METAMORPHOSIS

Partners: Entomics (Better Origin), CSIC

Research Fund: EIT Food

Initial year: 2018

Service Category:

fish farming


Birgir Örn Smárason

Research Group Leader

METAMORPHOSIS focuses on converting organic waste streams into valuable, next-generation aquaculture feed.

The increasing lack of sustainable protein raw materials has called for new methods along with the growing need of the industry. Many insects are powerful at converting organic waste into sustainable nutrients, rich in proteins and fats. Based on currently available waste streams, several thousand tons of insect meal could be produced at a favorable price and quality. More than half of all marine protein is now produced in aquaculture, and this production is likely to double in the next 15 years, and insect meal has been shown to provide high-quality nutrition to fish.

The aim of the project is to research new methods for the production of high-quality insect protein and test the product in a feed mixture for salmon (salmo salar).