Jan Sverre Røsstad. (Photo: BioMar)
BioMar promotes algae omega-3 use for aquaculture feed
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
BioMar Group has launched a fish feed containing marine fatty acids from microalgae in an effort to secure the sustainable development of aquaculture easing the pressure on marine resources.
Thus, essential fatty acids extracted from microalgae are now available for the first time in significant quantities, from a sustainable source that is not based on marine harvesting.
“Current sustainable and certified sources of omega-3 are limited in terms of volume, be it fish meal and oil or krill meal, which BioMar was a prime mover in introducing into the aquaculture,” the Group’s Vice President North Sea, Jan Sverre Røsstad, explained.
The Group's executives stressed the importance of aquaculture in meeting global food needs is increasing and this expansion of the industry is driving demand for omega-3.
Over time, the algae ingredient will ease the pressure on marine resources and help ensure that the availability of omega-3 will no longer restrict development.
The new algae ingredient has been developed by TerraVia Holdings and Bunge Limited and is produced at their joint venture renewable oils manufacturing plant in Brazil.
Official statistics have shown that annual production of fish oil rich in omega-3 is less than 1 million tones and the global supply of omega-3 sourced from fisheries is not expected to increase.
The Group therefore regards the algae ingredient as a game changer that will be of vital importance to the future development of the fish farming industry.
“Our hope is that this move on our part can contribute to the continued growth of our industry,” pointed out Røsstad.
For his part, the Group’s CEO Carlos Diaz commented: “Our guiding principles for the new strategy are innovation and sustainability, as well as cooperation and performance.”
Currently, BioMar operates 11 fish feed factories in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey and Costa Rica. Roughly one out of five farmed fish produced in Europe and South and Central America is fed on BioMar fish feed.