Veramaris has been granted marketing authorisation to sell its algal oil for feed use in Canada.

Veramaris gets green light in Canada


Algal oil producer Veramaris has been granted the first market authorisation in Canada for the inclusion of algal oil in feeds for salmonid species, following a three-year registration process.

“The Canadian registration of Veramaris’ algal oil is key to supporting the rising global demand for alternative sources of omega-3 EPA and DHA (the long-chain fatty acids essential for fish health). Securing authorisation in Canada is an important step not only for Veramaris but also for the entire aquaculture industry,” said the company’s chief executive Gertjan de Koning.

Netherlands-headquartered Veramaris grows its algae in tanks in Blair, Nebraska, in the United States, providing what the company says is a regional solution that supports the salmon industry’s move towards adopting alternative omega-3 sources and reducing dependency on fish oil as a primary source of essential fatty acids for salmon feed.

Tim Kennedy, president and chief executive of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, said: “Canadian aquaculture is at a pivotal point, and Veramaris’ algal oil brings us closer to achieving our sustainability aspirations.

“This registration not only highlights the strategic value of aquaculture in Canada but also demonstrates the industry’s commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship.”