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Fish feed from the forest to salmonids

There is an increasing interest from the fish farming industry to develop new feed ingredients to allow for sustainable growth. The SALMONAID project aims at producing protein-rich ingredients based on side streams from the forest industry, intended to replace both fishmeal and soy based products currently used in fish feed.

Aim and goal

The aim of the project is to develop feed for salmonids based on microfungi grown on residual streams from the forest industry. The goal is to speed up the commercialisation, new collaborations for strengthened international competitiveness for Swedish research and innovation concerning fungi-based fish feed.


Aquaculture meets an increased demand for seafood and is now seen as one of the most promising options for future protein production. But for this to be possible, we need to find solutions to the many challenges in which feed innovation is central. Reducing dependence on fishmeal and fish oil is a high priority for aquaculture in general, especially for example salmonids that require high protein feed.


In order to meet future challenges, the feed innovation project for salmonids is examined transdisciplinary and cross-sectorial. The project further investigates how microfungi grown on residual streams from the forest industry can be used to produce commercial fish feed.


The project will strengthen the international competitiveness of Swedish research and innovation in the field of forestry-based feed. Furthermore, speeding up of the commercialization process of the proposed concept through industry partnership is furthermore foreseen. The project will also provide technical solutions, scientific publications and process descriptions that can be used as a policy basis.

One pager main findings

One pager main findings (pdf, 669.7 KB)


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RISE role in project

Project leader

Project start


3 years

Total budget

4 912 000 kr


RISE Processum, SLU, Domsjö fabriker



Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
12. Responsible consumption and production
14. Life below water
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