Hermetia illucens – a “bug” which has changed the industry
The BSF, meaning the black soldier fly, is commonly known to be one of the most beneficial insects in the world. Due to a high protein content they are used in composting and moreover, for years they have been a feed for animals.
Fishmeal replacement for conventional aquafeed
Black soldier flies can replace fishmeal in the diets of many aquatic species with remarkable success. For example, research show that salmon and trout grow as fast on a BSF diet as on their usual one. Moreover, the meal swap has not had any negative effects on the people who ate those animals. Interestingly, feeding salmons with larvae did not hinder the quality (nor taste and texture) of the finished products destined to eat, such as fillets. The replacement did not also affect liver traits nor the sensory qualities of the fillet.
Answer to your needs
BSF has revolutionized the industry. They are high in protein, calcium, and many amino acids. Using black soldier flies in aquaculture provides fish with enough nutritional value for their proper development.