NCI Presents Alternative Ingredients in Finfish Aquaculture Short Course May 9-13

February 17, 2011

For Immediate Release

NCI Presents Alternative Ingredients in Finfish Aquaculture Short Course May 9-13

Fargo, N.D., USA – Fish feed made from northern-grown crops is the focus of the Alternative Ingredients in Finfish Aquaculture Short Course, offered at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) May 9-13, 2011.  The course is presented in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU) and USDA-ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory (NCARL).

Aquaculture produced more than 50% of the seafood consumed in 2010. However, supplies of traditional ingredients for aquaculture feed, such as fishmeal and fish oil, have peaked. In order for aquaculture to be a sustainable source of seafood, alternative feed ingredients must be identified.

This course will highlight recent advances in the understanding of lipid and protein nutrition in finfish. Class participants will see demonstrations of feed extrusion, using alternative ingredients; as well as participate in laboratory sensory analysis of fillets, and site visits to fish rearing operations.

Course topics include lipid and protein utilization in growth, health and reproduction of finfish; feed extrusion and the effects on final product characteristics when using alternative ingredients; and evaluation of fillets using physical testing tools and individual’s perceptions of taste and texture.

Site visits will be made to the South Dakota State Fish Hatchery; SDSU Fish Research Laboratory/Current Feeding Trials; USDA/ARS NCARL Research laboratory/Extrusion Processing; a fish production facility; and an ethanol production facility.

Course faculty are Clifford Hall, Ph.D., North Dakota State University (NDSU); Kim Koch, Ph.D., NCI Feed Center Manager; Rebecca Lochmann, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff; Kamal Mjoun, Ph.D., NCARL, USDA-ARS, Brookings, SD; Jesse Trushenski, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University; Mehmet Tulbek, Ph.D., NCI;  and Aaron VonEschen, SDSU.

The registration fee is $1,100.  Registration deadline is April 18, 2011. For more information and to register, go to and follow the educational course link or phone 701-231-7736.