Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture - New ARRAINA Resources Now Available

The activities and results of the ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project have been summarised in a new publication entitled ARRAINA Key Achievements 2015 and a short video which provides an introduction to the project. Both resources are available on the project’s website:

ARRAINA is developing sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species, over their respective full life cycles, with reduced levels of fish meal and fish oil. It is also assessing the long term physiological consequences of these changes in diet by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species of European farmed fish. ARRAINA aims to improve the use of sustainable vegetable products in the formulation of cost-efficient, environmentally friendly fish feeds that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality.

The ARRAINA Key Achievements 2015 booklet showcases examples of outputs from the project so far and provides detailed summaries of each, as well as introducing the project, its core functions, and its progress to date. The aim of this booklet is to communicate to relevant stakeholders and the general public how ARRAINA’s work is benefitting society as a whole including the research community and industry, as well as helping to achieve significant value creation in Europe.

Outputs featured in the booklet include the results of a study examining the effect of three protein sources (fish meal, squid meal and a mixture of vegetable protein concentrates) on gilthead sea bream larvae performance and digestive function. Another example examined the potential presence and prevalence of contaminants in fish fillets for human consumption as a result of exchanging marine ingredients with those from agriculture. Fortunately, the results of this study so far are positive, showing no contamination from plant based ingredients in final seafood products.

The new ARRAINA project video presents a broader overview of the goals and objectives of the project and highlights the challenges facing the European aquaculture sector in terms of sustainable sources of ingredients for fish feed, as well as the significant opportunity to expand in recognition of the projected future demand for fish for human consumption.

The ARRAINA key achievements booklet and video are both available in promotional materials section of the project website:

To learn more about these resources, please contact Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT (, task leader for dissemination and communication in ARRAINA.

For more information about the project please visit the ARRAINA website at or contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik ( or the Project Manager, Heloise Simonson (