The need of alternative sustainable feed resources, better fish performance and health is a major challenge for the future of aquaculture.


Key reasons to attend this course

Raise your awareness of the main current challenges of fish nutrition, feeding and health;
Acquire advanced knowledge on fish nutritional physiology;
Increase your understanding of the role of conventional and novel ingredients in aquafeed formulation;
Acknowledge the importance of aquafeeds and feeding strategies as tools for improving fish robustness;
Know about functional ingredients and the application of selective breeding for feed efficiency;
Understand the role of the gut microbiome on fish health and its modulation mechanisms through functional ingredients;
Acquire experience on practical feed formulation at commercial and research level, and on the evaluation of feeding efficiency, fish performance and robustness;
Be updated on the feed ingredient legal framework and most relevant certification schemes.



Applied approach
(lectures, practical group work, case studies & debate)

Leading international experts

Simultaneous interpretation into English, French and Spanish


  • 1. Opening (1 hour)
  • 2. Introduction to fish farming challenges (1 hour)
    • 2.1. The contribution of fish farming as a protein supplier
    • 2.2. Fish farming: species, systems, and feeding
    • 2.3. Fish nutrition and feeding challenges
    • 2.4. Fish health management challenges
  • 3. Nutritional physiology (5 hours)
    • 3.1. The integrity of mucosal tissues
    • 3.2. The fish digestive system. Gut anatomy and functionality
    • 3.3. Microbiome in fish
    • 3.4. Tools and experimental approaches for fish nutrition: in vitro modelling
  • 4. Aquafeed ingredients (7 hours)
  • 4.1. Conventional ingredients
    • 4.1.1. Fishmeal and fish oil production trends
    • 4.1.2. Vegetable ingredients
    • 4.1.3. Other sources: krill, land animal by-products
  • 4.2. Alternative ingredients
    • 4.2.1. Macro and micro algae, insects, SCP yeast, fungi, bacteria, etc.
    • 4.2.2. Effects on zootechnical performance, health and quality
    • 4.2.3. Advances from EU projects
      • NewTechAqua and Nextgenproteins: microalgae, by-products from fisheries and aquaculture, single cell protein
      • PerFormFish and AquaImpact: single cell protein, insect meals, alternative oil
  • 4.3. Open discussion: potentials and constraints
  • 5. Improving fish health and performance in farmed fish (8 hours)
    • 5.1. Nutritional requirements under different environment conditions
    • 5.2. Selective breeding and feed efficiency
      • 5.2.1. Selective breeding to improve zootechnical performance and quality
      • 5.2.2. NewTechAqua and AquaImpact projects: Improvement of fish health and quality of selected seabass families and improvement of feed efficiency in Atlantic salmon
    • 5.3. Functional ingredients
      • 5.3.1. Fish feed additives
      • 5.3.2. Project advances
    • 5.4. Gut microbiome: Microbiome assessment in aquaculture
      • 5.4.1. Main goals for a metagenome study
      • 5.4.2. Marker gene and shotgun metagenomics
      • 5.4.3. Steps for a metagenomic study: study design, sampling and storage, DNA extraction, library preparation, NGS sequencing
      • 5.4.4. Bioinformatics and biostatistics for data mining in metagenomics
  • 6. Feed formulation and feeding (8 hours)
    • 6.1. Challenges in feed formulation and technology
    • 6.2. Precision feeding and modelling
    • 6.3. Legal framework and certification schemes
      • 6.3.1. EFSA guidelines and requirements for feed ingredients and additives
      • 6.3.2. Certification schemes in aquafeed manufacturing and fish farming
      • 6.3.3. Organic certification. NewTechAqua: organic feed trials
    • 6.4. Practical work. Feed formulation and evaluation of feeding efficiency, fish performance and robustness.
  • 7. Final discussion and closing session (1 hour)

Train at an outstanding international institution


The course is designed for a maximum of 30 participants with a university degree, and is intended for professionals of the feed industry and fish farming sector, as well as for technical advisors and researchers in the field.

Candidates may apply online at the following address:

Applications must include the curriculum vitae and a copy of the support documents most related to the subject of the course.

Applications are open from 19 January to 6 March 2023. Applications from candidates requiring authorization to attend the course may be accepted provisionally.

There are not registration fees for this course.

A limited number of candidates from Mediterranean and other European countries may receive financial support covering the cost of travel and accommodation. Preference will be given to low and medium income countries. If you wish to request a scholarship, please complete the relevant section when you apply online to participate in the course.

Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organization, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

+34 976716000

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