1.) Seafood is rapidly declining. Consumers are eating more seafood than ever before, making fish farms for salmon and tuna (a carnivorous fish) a profitable business. The issue facing aquaculture producers is the feed for these fish typically come from corn, soy, and wheat, usually using dry distiller grains. This feed relies heavily on agriculture lands and can create “dead zones” in the ocean from pesticides and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.
2.) Scientist have developed a new form of fish feed that uses no agricultural land and requires very little water. It is called FeedKind and it’s made from bacteria that eats methane and turns it into energy. FeedKind is made by first dissolving methane in water with the bacteria. The bacteria gobbles up the methane molecules. Then, after the mixture is fermented, the protein produced from this process is extruded and formed into pellets.
3.) Stakeholders include fish farms that are currently using the traditional feed, as well as consumers of farmed fish
4.) FeedKind received a third round of funding from investors and hopes to open a pilot scale R&D plant in England by the end of this year and by 2018, Calysta the company that makes FeedKind hopes to have an operating facility in North America. If the pilot program is successful Calysta can look to opening more plants globally to feed the growing industry.
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