The Russian aquaculture sector is facing the deepest crisis in its modern history, as the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the ever tightening sanctions on Russia has led to a shortage of fish feed, juveniles and equipment.
While insect production is likely to grow significantly in the coming years, it will be vital for the aquafeed industry to make the most out of what is likely to remain a fairly niche ingredient and not treat it as a simple substitute for fishmeal or soy.
Heterosis, the well-known concept of “hybrid vigour”, has been utilised to improve fitness-related traits – like growth, fecundity and disease resistance – in a number of cultured aquatic species over the years.
Sturgeon farming in Russia is booming, which is reflected by the increasing number of investment projects it is attracting, as well as growing attention from the state being directed towards the problems that face the industry.
Victoria Chomo, secretary of the FAO's European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC) and the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (CACFish), offers some fascinating insights into aquaculture in Easte…