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New Video Showcases Sustainable Aquaculture in Turkey

Lucy Towers
29 January 2016, at 12:00am

US and TURKEY - The US Soybean Export Council has released a new video Growing the Business of Growing Fish, showcasing sea bass and sea bream production by Kilic, the largest vertically integrated fish farm operator in Turkey.

The short video, the latest in a series showcasing sustainable aquaculture operations around the world, is funded by the soy checkoff program and can be viewed at www.soyaqua.org/videos.

Kilic is one of the largest aquaculture operations in Europe, raising sea bass, sea bream and meagre in marine cages, and freshwater trout in dam lakes.

A 2007 directive from the Turkish government to move all marine cages 1.2 kilometers offshore allowed the company to sustainably grow its operations with cutting-edge technology, increased efficiency and minimal environmental impact.

A key component to its growth has been replacing quantities of fishmeal with high quality alternative proteins such as US-grown soy protein concentrate, which has increased the sustainability and economic viability of its feed.

“The marine fish sector represents the greatest opportunity for growing the volume of high-value farmed fish worldwide,” says Colby Sutter, USSEC marketing director for Aquaculture–Customer Focus.

“Feed formulation research has proven that soy protein concentrate offers the best nutritional profile for replacing limited supplies of fishmeal in feed for marine species.”

Sutter adds: “Most importantly, soy production is scalable and can meet increased demand for feed ingredients as the aquaculture industry grows.”