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From Feed Formulation to Commercialization

Our Nutrition Department specializes in providing innovative solutions to improve the performance, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of aquafeeds. Experts at CAT facilitate the development of products that meet or go beyond the basic nutritional requirements of aquatic species and help bring them to market faster.

What We Do

  • Evaluation of novel feed ingredients and feed additives
  • Fish meal and fish oil replacement trials
  • Digestibility determination
  • Palatability assessment
  • Shadow pricing for novel feed ingredients
  • Mathematical modelling of growth
  • Feed formulation
  • Pilot-scale feed extrusion and steam pelleting
  • Pellet quality assessment¬†
  • Nutrigenomics and Gut Microbiome Analysis

How We Do It

  • Wide range of tank sizes in state-of-the-art facilities to carry out nutrition studies in different animal life stages
  • In-house nutrition and animal health laboratory services
  • Established and custom trial design
  • In-house feed formulation and manufacture
  • In-house quality assurance program
  • Trials to international regulatory specifications
  • Integrated animal health laboratory and genomics services

What You Get

  • Expertise in study design and protocol development
  • Expertise with warm and cold/marine and freshwater species
  • Statistical analysis, final report, and review of results including recommendations for next steps
  • Expertise in regulatory¬†compliance and approvals
  • Support for shipping and receiving of test materials including satisfaction of any regulatory requirements
  • Innovative, client-focused approach

Who we work with

Organizations interested in developing products for use in aquatic species including:






We provide solutions tailored to you.

growth studies

Evaluate the performance of your ingredient or feed by conducting a growth study at CAT. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to work with both domestic and non-native aquatic species and mimic their environmental conditions to provide you with the results you can use.

Digestibility Studies

The extensive expertise, large aquarium space, and tank inventory support our ability to test multiple products at different inclusion levels with high replication to provide you with quick and accurate results.

Why work with us:

We help our clients understand the market potential of their product, including estimating the price for the new products on the market.

CAT provides integrated services in health, nutrition, and genetics. We offer efficacy studies to analyze the impact of ingredients and finished feeds on animal health and nutrigenomics services that study the effects of feed and feed components on gene expression.

CAT has developed an in-house quality assurance program and is conducting studies to international standards to ensure the high quality of the results.

Our AQUA FeedTech pilot-scale facility supports the extrusion of small and medium batches of aquafeeds that include R&D, medicated, and functional feeds.

CAT can mimic environmental and husbandry stressors to evaluate the efficacy of novel feeds for aquatic animal health.

In-house statistical expertise to ensure robust study design and results.

feed tech


The AQUA FeedTech center is the first of its kind pilot-scale extrusion line in North America. Located in Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada, our aquafeed production facility provides a fully integrated service from feed formulation and optimization of extrusion conditions to tank-based evaluation and analytical quality assessments of ingredients and finished feeds.

Customized Study Design

Our highly-skilled nutrition researchers have extensive experience in study design. The team tailors trials to client-specific needs, and ensures that they meet the requirements of regulatory authorities. Our existing infrastructure accommodates cold and warm water marine and freshwater species including salmonids, shrimp, tilapia and zebrafish, among others.

Shrimp L. vannamei feeding