BioMar adopts microalgae into aquafeed, hits ‘major sustainability milestone’
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 07:00 (GMT + 9)
The following is an excerpt from an article published by Global Seafood Alliance:
BioMar becomes the first aquaculture feed company to reach 1 million metric tons of aquafeed containing microalgae
BioMar, a leading supplier of high-performance feed to the aquaculture industry, hit a “major sustainability milestone” by selling 1 million metric tons of salmon feed containing microalgae rather than fish oil.
The company claims it’s the first to do so and, given that marine ingredients are a finite resource, it’s a significant step towards relieving the pressure on fish stocks.
“By including microalgae in aquaculture feed diets, we can bypass the wild fish stocks and go straight to the original source of essential omega-3s,” said Vidar Gundersen, global sustainability director at BioMar Group. “This helps to relieve pressure on our oceans while ensuring that the fish are getting the optimal nutrition required.”
The innovation process originates back to 2013, with the first microalgae product, AlgaPrime, in commercial salmon feeds realized in 2016. The first movers were Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett with Blue Circle and Whole Foods and Scottish Sea Farms with Marks & Spencer. Subsequently, Ventisqueros in their coho Silverside and Lerøy in their salmon adopted microalgae in their diets. These higher volumes help it achieve commercial viability, and today, the inclusion of microalgae is becoming more common in BioMar salmon feeds.
“To bring something this novel to market required the support from the entire value chain,” said Paddy Campbell, VP of BioMar Group’s salmon division. “We found this among several salmon farmers and retailers that were willing to take a chance on microalgae and today’s success is owed to them all. Also, to the numerous people in BioMar production sites that found solutions to some challenging technical issues that we experienced over the years.” (continues...)
Source: Global Seafood Alliance | Read the full article by clicking de link here