Monday, February 8, 2016

08/02/2016: Tambaqui: is it possible for this species to feed a continental country?

by Professor Igo G Guimarães (Laboratório de Pesquisa em Aquicultura - LAPAQ Universidade Federal de Goiás - Campus de Jataí), Janaína G Araújo (Post doctorate) and Graciela P Martins (PhD), Brazil

First published in International Aquafeed, November-December 2015

When we think about Brazil, the first thing we have in mind is happy people, carnivals and one of the top beef cattle and soybean producers globally. However, it seems that the taste or the way Brazilians perceive fish, one of the healthiest protein sources available, has been changing nowadays.

As far as we can date, Brazil has neglected fish as a protein source in almost all regions of the country. For example, in 2009 the average intake of fish by person was only nine kilograms per person annually, and the most consumed protein source was chicken and beef; while fish and fish-products were the least consumed animal protein.

Although this figure on the dietary preference of the Brazilian population still continues, data from The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics have observed a great increase in fish consumption rates in Brazil reaching 14.5 kg per capita in 2013 (MPA, 2014). This increase in fish consumption has led to the development of the aquaculture industry, which, is now demanding more technology to achieve market demands for good quality products.

Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE    

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