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Pursuing Solutions

Understanding relevant issues is intended to create forward-thinking and commercially replicable solutions that support the growth of aquaculture production and the profitability of producers. By always keeping operational improvement at the forefront of our minds, SAA funds research that puts the dollars back in the pocket of the producer.

Three main pillars of solutions drive SAA to prioritize the producer, so that they may benefit from soy-inclusion in their aquaculture diets.

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What products or byproducts are most effective as feed ingredients? How can we improve their nutritional values to make them a more desirable input?

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What processes and operational technologies can be implemented, designed, or improved to make soy inclusion in aquaculture more practical and increase aquaculture producers profitability?

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What species can most benefit from soy inclusion, or how can we improve nutritional values to make soy an ideal solution for all?

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Research Priorities

We update our research priorities with input from stakeholders in the industry, and understanding of current industry trends and pain points. By involving a committee of practicing nutritionists from leading aquaculture feed companies, we are able to connect project outcomes directly with the value chain and provide practical benefits to aquaculture producers. For 2024, we have four key objectives in mind:

Practical, on-farm commercial-scale, and proof-of-value projects

We strive to support projects that demonstrate commercial application of soy products in aquaculture, and how the producer can realize more profit by using soy as a solution.

Understand and reduce anti-nutritional factors (ANF’s) of soy in aquaculture

We seek understanding of gastrointestinal barriers to soy inclusion and solutions to limit negative effects of common ANFs such as saponins, lectins, trypsin, tannins, and phytic acid.

Water quality and sustainability in aquaculture

We prioritize demonstrating positive impacts on water quality through the use of soy as a feed ingredient.

Business models, market analysis, and technology

We support concepts that incentivize the growth of domestic aquaculture and new technologies that improve the practices that producers employ in aquaculture production.

Submit an RFP

A request for proposal process is implemented to encourage researchers to submit study outlines that meet SAA priorities. The RFP process begins in December of each year, with projects chosen and researchers notified the following March. To submit a project, keep an eye out for the 2025 Request for Proposals.

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