Maximizing fishmeal replacement in diets for Florida Pompano; digestibility, growth and performance of soy protein products
Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) is a carnivorous marine finfish with commercial aquaculture potential. While the price of fishmeal has never been higher, soy has long been considered a cost-effective potential replacement candidate for aquacultured fish. However, there are many products on the domestic and international market with varying nutritional profiles that may or may not be well-utilized by carnivorous fish. Examples include a variety of refined soy protein concentrates (SPCs) and more cost-effective fermented soy proteins, several of which could hold promise for the aquaculture industry. Through a methodical experimental approach at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery (UMEH), three soy protein products were evaluated for potential incorporation into feeds for Florida pompano.