Animal feed giant Cargill is extending its partnership with The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute to develop, evaluate and enhance feeds for the growing land-based aquaculture industry.

The multi-year agreement builds on recent efforts between the two groups that validated the effectiveness of Cargill’s new diet for Atlantic salmon grown in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).

The two companies started working together in 2018, and the new agreement solidifies the collaboration through 2023 and beyond, said Cargill.

The US-based Freshwater Institute provides Cargill nutritionists and researchers with access to fish, systems, research facilities, as well as a team of scientists, engineers, and fish culturists with decades of RAS experience.

In addition, Cargill provides diet development and aquaculture feeds to optimize fish performance.

The partners said they hope to further improve land-based aquaculture's environmental and economic performance through feeds developed and tested specifically for RAS.