Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Salmon feed. (Photo: Kjell Merok, Reidun Lilleholt/ Nofima)

Sustainability of salmon feed put into question

Click on the flag for more information about Norway NORWAY
Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 22:10 (GMT + 9)

Many are beginning to wonder if salmon farming is sustainable, as a result, scientists, the salmon industry and environmental organisations are now collaborating to provide the answer to an important component: the feed resources.

 The goal is to develop a resource budget in which the scientists measure how much of the protein and energy from the feed raw materials are still in the fillet when it is sold to the consumer.

The scientists will also make resource budgets for other types of animal productions to see how efficiently they are utilising the feed resources when compared with salmon.

The scientists will initially evaluate the models that have been used to calculate the use of resources and eco-efficiency, and discuss which models are suitable to use in the future in order to compare different types of animal production.

With the growth of the salmon industry, its impact on the environment has been subjected to greater scrutiny.

The increased focus of consumers on sustainability and food safety has also put pressure on the salmon farming companies to document that the feed is produced in an acceptable manner.

Salmon feeding. (Photo: Terje Engoe )

The use of fishmeal and fish oil from wild fish in salmon feed in particular has been a subject of debate.

“This discussion requires the definition of evaluation criteria that are objective and thoroughly prepared. In collaboration with other research environments and representatives from the salmon industry and the environmental movement, we want to clarify the use of concepts and arrive at which parameters should be included in the calculation of the sustainability of the feed resources,” says Director of Research, Feed and Nutrition at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (Nofima), Torbjørn Åsgård.

Examples of models that are used to assess sustainability include carbon footprints, ecological footprints and integrated eco-efficiency models.

“This research can contribute to an evidence-based debate about how the industry shall secure the most sustainably and nutritionally efficient utilisation of feed raw materials,” emphasises R & D Director at the Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Research Fund (FHF), Kjell Maroni.

The salmon industry is competing for resources on the global market. “If hypothetically speaking the salmon industry was discontinued tomorrow, what would the resources be used for?” asks Åsgård.

Fish farm in Norwegian fiord. (Photo: Terje Engoe)

He does not believe that raw materials currently used for feed would benefit populations in developing nations, but instead end up in the production of other high-cost products for consumers in industrialised nations.

Consequently, comparison with animal production such as chickens and pigs is extremely relevant.

“We have to dare to discuss ethical production based on how the world is and not how it should be. The greatest challenge over the next 30 to 40 years is to produce enough food to feed at least nine billion people,” says Åsgård.

“Consequently, the available resources must be utilised as efficiently as possible. The majority of land-based farming areas are already in use, and the world’s fisheries are not expected to be able to be increased significantly above today’s level."

"The efficient utilisation of resources in the aquacultural production of fish and other organisms are therefore interesting possibilities.”

The research project now starting will be carried out by Nofima on commission for FHF. In the next stage of the project the scientists will assess the most important ingredients in today’s salmon feed as well as relevant future ingredients based on factors such as sustainability, economics, health, food safety and feed quality.

Source: Reidun Lilleholt/Nofima

[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Australia
Apr 21, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
South Australian sardine fishery to enter MSC assessment process
United States
Apr 20, 02:20 (GMT + 9):
Norwegian firm’s salmon farm plans in Maine raise controversy
Chile
Apr 20, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
Fishing and aquaculture export sector grows almost 11pc in January
China
Apr 20, 01:30 (GMT + 9):
Three huge fish farms to be built in southern province
Norway
Apr 20, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
Nordic seafood trade growth demands better air freight service
Peru
Apr 19, 01:10 (GMT + 9):
Sanitary situation assessed in tilapia virus affected region
Thailand
Apr 18, 23:10 (GMT + 9):
CPF acquires 40pct of Brazilian shrimp producer
Norway
Apr 18, 21:50 (GMT + 9):
Salmon price status at week 15
Canada
Apr 18, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
Aqua Spark invests in Canadian aquaculture technology firm
Chile
Apr 18, 01:50 (GMT + 9):
AquaChile presents offer to buy Friosur
Spain
Apr 18, 01:30 (GMT + 9):
Researchers from all over Europe will have access to IEO farming plants
Norway
Apr 17, 22:10 (GMT + 9):
Marine Harvest registers lower income and harvest in first quarter
Spain
Apr 17, 21:40 (GMT + 9):
Software presented to analyze climate change effects on fisheries and aquaculture
United States
Apr 17, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
Cooke not allowed to restock salmon in Cypress island farm
Cambodia
Apr 14, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
Chinese firm to invest USD 100 million in aquaculture projects



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Russian Fishery to set up pollock processing plant in the Russian Far East
Russia Fed. The Russian Fishery Company has announced plans to start setting up a fish processing factory at Nadezhdinskaya Priority Development Territory, close to Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East.
Foundation to award USD 950,000 for fisheries innovation projects
United States The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has made a request for proposals focusing on innovation and supporting effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the implementation of sustainable fisheries in the United States.
European Parliament approves EU-Mauritius fisheries agreement
European Union The plenary session of the European Parliament approved the fisheries agreement between the European Union and Mauritius, which will be valid for four years and benefits 85 EU vessels.
EC intends to speed trade deal settlements with with Japan and Singapore
European Union The EC proposes to speed the settlement of the Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan and the trade and investment agreements with Singapore.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2018 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER