Aquaculture & Aquaponics

Fish is an important source of protein for millions of people throughout the world. And yet the world’s natural occurrences are unable to meet the rapidly growing demand for fish. Breeding fish in aquaculture may help to protect natural resources and ecosystems, while improving food security. However, this is only possible if conducted within sustainable aquaculture: environmental, economic and social aspects must be taken into account equally. With regard to this triad, at IGB we explore aspects such as resource-saving and efficient production, animal welfare and alternative therapeutics, organic feed and self-sufficiency concepts. The aquaponics system developed at IGB, known as ‘Tomato-Fish’, is particularly resource-saving: combined fish and vegetable farming saves water, energy, artificial fertiliser and space, and considerably reduces emissions in food production. We also use our expertise in fish genetics and reproduction to protect species. We communicate our research topics and results to different stakeholders and practice partners in a targeted manner, ensuring that our scientific findings are transferred to practice* without delay.

Related News

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Bioeconomy: insect meal as a sustainable aquaculture feed

As part of the BMBF ideas competition "New products for the bio-economy" a new breeding concept for protein-rich insect larvae, developed at the IGB, is promoted as sustainable future feed source.
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Insects provide relaxation

IGB PhD student Martin Tschirner investigates the influence of insect-based feed on fish.

Related Projects

CITYFOOD

Feeding urban populations is a global challenge, additionally straining the Food-Water-Energy Nexus. CITYFOOD provides innovative solutions by integrating aqua-agriculture systems into cities.
Contact person
Werner Kloas
Daniela Baganz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
05/2018
End
04/2021
Topic

STURGEoNOMICS

This project will use whole genome-based approaches for the improvement of conservation and aquaculture in two sturgeon species: Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) and Beluga (Huso huso).
Contact person
Jörn Gessner
Matthias Stöck
Sven Würtz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
09/2017
End
08/2020
Topic

IMPRESS

EU research project to protect endangered migratory fish species (salmon, eel and sturgeon)
Contact person
Robert Arlinghaus
Sven Würtz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
01/2015
End
12/2018
Topic

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M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Flyer

A quick overview about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Arrival and Survival Guide

Everything you need to know about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture! The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

Experts at IGB

Werner Kloas

Head of Department
Working group
Aquaponics / Ecophysiology

Thomas Meinelt

Research Group Leader
Working group
Fish Pathology, Ecotoxicology and Stress Ecology

Sven Würtz

Research Group Leader
Working group
Molecular Fish Physiology

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