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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2017, Vol 17, Num, 1     (Pages: 223-229)

General Evaluation of Fish Feed Production in Turkey

Ali Yıldırım Korkut 1 ,Aysun Kop 1 ,Hülya Saygi 1 ,Çağdaş Göktepe 2 ,Yusuf Yedek 2 ,Tuğçe Kalkan 2

1 Ege University, Faculty of Fisheries, Department of Aquaculture, Bornova, 35100, Izmir, Turkey
2 Ege University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v17_1_25 Viewed : 4325 - Downloaded : 4632 The importance of aquaculture sector is increasingly enhanced due to decrease in natural fish stocks, increasing nutritional requirements and qualified protein need. In parallel with the rise, and becoming an important value, of aquaculturesector, significant developments have occurred in fish feed production as well. It is a fact that the most important cost elements within aquaculture are feeds and usage costs of the feeds and these are effective as much as 70% in production. Substantial and great developments are observed for fish feed production industry and thus raw material, additives, feed machine manufacturers and suppliers recently. With this study, it was detected that there were 28 fish feed production plants in to 8 mounts, that generally extruder feed production technology was used and that majority of production systems were imported. It was recorded that fish feed production plants produced 355.387 tons of feed as from 2013. It was observed that 85% of feed production was regionally in Aegean Region and concordantly, supplier companies were centered in this region.This study can be recommended in terms of being an important source for academic and private sector employees studying and working in fish feed production and fish feeding subjects. Keywords : Turkey, fish feed production, feed technology, raw material suppliers, feedmill suppliers