Indonesia is the world's second largest seafood producer. About 140 million Indonesians depend on marine and coastal ecosystems for their livelihoods, making it one of the most fish-dependent countries in the world.
However, capture fisheries landings have slowed down over the last decade. In response, the Indonesian government has also set ambitious targets for expanding the aquaculture sector up to 2030.
Recognizing the growth of this sector as well as the threat to its viability due to the use of wild fish in aquafeeds, a partnership with CSIRO is looking at ways to make aquaculture in Indonesia more sustainable. One possibility is Novacq™, a feed additive made from agriculture waste that eliminates the need for wild-caught fish. Field trials were conducted in Aceh, Sumatra.
If commercialized, Novacq™ could have far-reaching social, economic and environmental implications, empowering small-scale fish farmers to enhance the performance of local feed ingredients and increase productivity with feeds containing little to no wild-caught fish.
Indonesia is a scaling country for FISH.