ARRAINA - Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture




Coordinator: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France
Start: 1st January 2011
Duration: 60 months
Funding Programme: 7th Framework Programme (FP7)
Sub-Programme: Co-Operation: Theme 2 Food, Agriculture & Fisheries, and Biotechnology
Funding Scheme: Collaborative project

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Or contact: Paul Lowen, Email: Tel: +353 1 644 9008


Traditionally fish feeds are based on fishmeal (FM) and fish oil (FO) derived from capture fisheries but there is increasing pressure on this raw material due to increasing demands from a variety of users including the growing aquaculture sector and the human health market (e.g. Fish oil food supplements). Hence the sustainability and competiveness of aquaculture may depend on the replacement of these with alternative ingredients such as plant-based feeds. ARRAINA will build on this need by measuring the long-term effects these changes in diet will have on the full life cycle of fish for which presently little is known.

By developing applied tools and solutions of technological interest in collaborations with SMEs, ARRAINA will further strengthen the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and will contribute to increase the productivity and performance of the aquaculture sector leading to competitive advantage to the whole sector at a global level.


The overall objectives of this project are to:

  1. develop sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species, over their respective full life cycles, with reduced levels of FM and FO, and
  2. assess the long term physiological consequences by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species of European farmed fish. It will therefore provide flexibility in the use of various ingredients in the formulation of feeds which are cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and that ensure production of seafood of high nutritional value and quality.


Deliverables/Expected Outcomes:

ARRAINA will deliver farmers, industry and the scientific community improved and innovative methods, tools and concepts for fish nutrition that contribute to a knowledge based economy by developing applicable outputs including designing and delivering training courses in fish nutrition to increase research capacities and expertise, and bridge the gap between the scientific community and the commercial sector by undertaking problem-based research and enhanced knowledge transfer. 

Direct involvement of SMEs from the aquaculture industry in ARRAINA will ensure an effective take-up of ARRAINA results. WP7 will provide suitable technology transfer strategy for innovative results in order to facilitate the uptake and use of the exploitable results generated in ARRAINA.
The alternative feeds tailored to meet the nutrient requirements of the 5 target fish species aim to improve the competiveness, employment, health and environment of the EU and candidate countries.


  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA); France (COORDINATOR)
  • Nasjonalt Institutt for Enaerings-Og Sjomatforskning (NIFES); Norway
  • The University of Stirling (UoS); United Kingdom
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC); Spain
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR); Greece
  • Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC); Spain
  • Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI); Hungary
  • Wageningen Universiteit (WU): Netherlands
  • Universita degli Studi dell'Insubria (USI); Italy
  • Centro de Ciencias do Mar do Algarve (CCMAR); Portugal
  • BioMar A/S (BIOMAR); Denmark
  • SPAROS LDA (SPAROS); Portugal
  • Viviers de Sarrance SAS (VDS); France
  • Gildeskal Forskningsstasjon AS; (GIFAS) Norway
  • Landcatch Natural Selection Limited; (LNS) United Kingdom
  • Biodiversity SPA (BIODIV); Italy
  • Norel SA (NOREL); Spain
  • Aranykarasz Mezogazdasagi Halaszaties Szaktanacsadoi Szolgaltato BT (KARAS); Hungary
  • Alevines y Doradas SA (ADSA); Spain
  • AquaTT UETP Ltd (AquaTT); Ireland
  • INRA TRANSFERT S.A. (IT); France