Nutritious-system pond farming in Vietnam
Aim: Strengthening livelihoods within the aquaculture food chain, including vulnerable people, by providing stable income through more sustainable and predictable pond farming.
Objective: In nutritious-system ponds the potential of the pond ecosystem to mineralize wastes and produce natural foods is exploited. With this increase of natural food besides formulated feed in ponds the project aims to enhance sustainability and increase shrimp quality.
Method: Jointly with industry, an innovative feed-the-whole-system concept is developed that will make pond farming more sustainable and predictable, , while producing high quality and healthy seafood.
The research focuses on generating insight in 1) the dynamic processes related to production and transfer of omega-3 fatty acids by algae in the pond, and 2) ways to balance the algae: bacteria ratio for optimal decomposition, maintenance of water quality and nutritive value of fish and shrimp. In this way aquaculture becomes more efficient and predictable, feeding costs will be lower and the environmental impact will be reduced by fewer disease outbreak and water quality failures.
Dutch policy goals: Increase sustainable food production; Decrease environmental pollution; and Improved access to nutrition.
Duration: September 01, 2014 – September 01, 2019