1) At least 15% reduction of the novel feed ingredient carbon footprints through circular economy approaches and improved technology
by reducing energy requirements for producing novel feed ingredients by at least 20% and valorising FW aquaculture waste sludge and liquid streams as substrate for cultivation of biomass for fish feed.
2) Reduced global biodiversity impact of aquaculture (15% global land use and water consumption reduction)
by developing novel feed formulations (in 8 feed trials) based on low impact novel ingredients developed using circular economy principles, assessing the environmental impacts of the new feed formulations at local and global levels through life cycle assessment and validating and optimising sustainable novel fish feed performance for the commercially important European FW aquaculture fish species.
3) Reduced local biodiversity loss by optimising the control and monitoring of freshwater aquaculture system efficiency, reducing waste discharge (solid and liquid by 10%) and preventing escapees (100% reduction from adopting freshwater RAS)
by advancing the methods for the collection, characterization, handling and treatment of underutilised sludge and liquid streams for freshwater fish farms, determining the environmental and biodiversity impact of improved waste collection and valorisation techniques, developing and testing an autonomous aquaculture-controlled system using machine learning techniques for reducing fish waste production, improving water quality and fish welfare.
4) 10% reduction of CO2 emissions from RAS
by optimised data collection, management and education using automated management system data.
5) 5% – 10% improved profitability in freshwater aquaculture
by reducing the production costs and diversifying aquaculture through valorisation of the waste streams to produce biomass for new feed formulations with energy-efficient technology, assessing the socio-economic impact and public acceptability of the current systems and proposed interventions, and improving fish welfare and prevention and treatment of fish diseases with bioactive ingredients.
6) Create competences, jobs and economic growth in in the freshwater bioeconomy sector
by increasing the employment opportunities in rural economies by increased primary (freshwater RAS and IMTA) and secondary production and diversification operations (e.g. novel feed ingredients)), investigating the governance and policy issues around freshwater aquaculture growth and the proposed interventions and communication and dissemination of results to a wide audience of stakeholders and early career researchers s via workshops, webinars, online courses and summer school targeted at a total of 500 participants.