OVRSol Process Promotes Sustainable Aquaculture One key potential negative environmental impact of aquaculture relates to feed.  One of the main reasons is because small wild fish, such as anchoveta, menhaden and others are the key components of aquaculture feed.  These types of fish are in danger of being overfished if fisheries are not properly managed. It has been estimated that fully one-third of all wild caught fish are used in this manner. The environmental impacts of removing so many small fish from the ocean remain unclear but their potential impacts are of concern to the aquaculture industry. (see: Expansion Saps World Fishing Grounds: UBC) Without a doubt, given the expansion and dynamics of the aquaculture industry, an alternative protein meal source capable of supplying a significant percentage of the raw protein and energy required for high-quality fish feed would be a welcome addition. The OVRSol process has the potential to begin mitigating these problems through the production of a high-quality protein meal that can be directly substituted for fish meal in aquaculture feed formulations. (See: Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Hatchery International, Product Breakdown) Based on SOFIA projections (FAO, 2009), 13.5 million tons of aquaculture feed containing fish meal will be required worldwide in 2033. Consider that 7 million tons are currently needed, and that the fish meal supply is flat and - it is evident why the aquaculture industry is searching for fishmeal alternatives to address this urgent need.  Soldier Fly meal can be produced to meet these demands and more (Sheppard et al. 2008).   Diener et al. (2009) studied feeding rates and growth of Black Soldier Fly larvae at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.  They concluded that Soldier Fly larvae is "capable of converting large amounts of organic waste into protein-rich biomass to substitute fishmeal, thereby contributing to sustainable aquaculture". While many different protein sources with varying quality are being used in fish feed formations, ranging from chicken feathers on the low end to fish protein on the high end, it is difficult to feed fish (especially carnivorous fish) on protein sources other than fish protein. For the foreseeable future, the industry will have to rely on fish protein, but sustainability of supply will remain an issue until non-fish protein sources can be developed in sufficient quantities. The OVRSol process does not rely on high-quality protein sources to produce high-quality fish meal. Quite the opposite is true. By converting low-value or negative value wastes into high-quality protein meal and with the potential to produce significant quantities of this feed, the process could begin to make inroads into aquaculture feed formulations and alleviate some of the environmental concerns of the aquaculture industry. The OVRSol process is very environmentally-friendly and, given the wide variety of sources of raw waste materials that can be used in the process, is an entirely sustainable process. Organic Value Recovery Solutions LLC © Organic Value Recovery Solutions 2010 © Organic Value Recovery Solutions 2010