Fish Farmer

Students win prize for sustainabl­e aquacultur­e idea


TWO environmen­tal science students at America’s Brown University have won an internatio­nal prize for their idea to make Kenyan fish farming more sustainabl­e.

Their project, called Kulisha, which means ‘to feed’ in Swahili, produces fish feed made from black soldier fly larvae as an alternativ­e to feed made from wild caught fish.

The team, including Maya Faulstich-Hon and Kenya native Viraj Sikand, proposes to build a business of raising the larvae — which eat organic waste — and processing them into a fish feed that can then be sold to fish farmers.

Raising flies that are native to the country, eat waste, and don’t spread disease is sustainabl­e, Sikand said.

The idea was con- vincing to the judges at the Thought for Food Challenge, which started with nearly 500 teams and came down to 10 finalists.

This summer, the team will return to Kenya with the award, worth $10,000, and other grants they have received to focus on implementa­tion.

‘The TFF prize money, along with the other grant money, will be used to build a production facility, start a colony, and begin testing prototypes,’ Faulstich-Hon said.

‘In addition, we’ve partnered with a major tilapia farm, and by the end of the summer we’ll start trialling our product with them.’

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