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Fish meal is primarily used as a protein supplement in compound feed.As of 2010, about 56% of fish meal was used to feed farmed fish, about 20% was used in pig feed, about 12% in poultry feed, and about 12% in other uses, which included fertilizer. The cost of 65% protein fishmeal has varied between around $385 to $554 per ton since 2000, which is about two to three times the price of soybean meal.
The rising demand for fish, as people in the developed world turn away from red meat and toward other sources of meat protein, has increased demand for farmed fish, with farmed fish accounting for half the fish consumed worldwide as of 2016. Demand for fish meal has increased accordingly, but harvests are regulated and supply cannot expand
This has led to a trend towards use of other ingredients such as soybean meal, cottonseed meal, leftovers from processing from corn and wheat, legumes, and algae, and an increase in research to find alternatives to fish meal and alternate strategic uses (for instance, in the growth phase, after newborn fish are established)
Fish meal is a naturally balanced feed ingredient that is high in protein, energy and minerals (e.g. calcium and phosphorus). In addition, FM is a natural source of vitamins such as choline, biotin and vitamin B12, A, D and E, and includes various trace elements like selenium and iodine. The compositional quality of the nutrients found in FM distinguishes it from other dietary supplements, particularly its content of essential amino acids and long chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. Fish meal and fish oil (FO) are the most commonly used feed ingredients that contain these omega-3 fatty acids. There are two basic types of FM, those that are produced from fishery waste associated with the processing of various edible human fishery products (salmon, tuna, etc.) a
Fish meal of good quality normally contains between 60% and 72% crude protein by weight. From a nutritional standpoint, FM is one of the preferred animal protein supplements in the diets of farm animals.
Fish meal is a natural fish fertilizer that is an excellent source nutrient for lawn and garden. Fish Meal (FM) is an organic fertilizer used for hundreds of years as an organic fertilizer. It is high in nitrogen and phosphorus and contains important trace elements making it an excellent broad-based organic fertilizer.