A Bakkafrost site in the Faroes. The company has helped develop a salmon module for DSM's Sustell service. File photo: Bakkafrost.

Bakkafrost backs DSM sustainability service for salmon farming

Dutch health, nutrition and materials multinational Royal DSM has launched a salmon farming version of its intelligent sustainability service Sustell, which was introduced for terrestrial farming last year.

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The salmon module has been developed in conjunction with Faroes and Scotland salmon farmer Bakkafrost, and is designed to provide accurate, simple, and actionable farm-level solutions to improve the environmental footprint and profitability of production.

In a press release, Bakkafrost chief executive Regin Jacobsen said: “With Sustell we will have access to science-based calculation and analysis of 19 different environmental categories for our operations.

“This will allow Bakkafrost to calculate, using real data from our feed production and farming sites, to model and then adopt interventions to reduce the environmental footprint of salmon farming.”

ISO certification

Sustell is the only environmental lifecycle assessment system with third party, independent ISO certification by DNV and ISO assurance certified to ISO 14044/44.

DSM has developed Sustell together with Blonk, a recognised independent expert and leader in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in food and agriculture. DSM said the Sustell service is built around a state-of-the-art intelligence platform that is connected to the Blonk APS (animal production systems)-footprint tool, together with an expert centre made up of a team of DSM and Blonk experts in LCA, animal nutrition, health and sustainability.

The Sustell expert centre partners with customers, assessing the baseline environmental footprint of their animal production using their actual farm and feed data rather than industry averages and proxy data sets, and then developing case-specific intervention scenarios known as ‘what-if’ models to make measurable sustainability improvements.

Real farm data

In this way, says DSM, Sustell combines an advanced, powerful sustainability calculation tool that utilises real farm data, with expert knowledge, tailor-made, practical solutions and business development projects to unlock the value of sustainability.

David Nickell, vice president sustainability and business solutions for DSM Animal Nutrition & Health, said: “Having real, credible and accurate data will unlock an entire set of opportunities for seafood producers and their value chain partners.

“We designed Sustell to simplify the complexity of measuring, validating and improving the environmental sustainability of animal protein transparently and scientifically, farm by farm, system by system.

“We put strong emphasis on a robust and great user experience that enables our customers to gain powerful insights into their business and make considered, targeted contributions to improving the sustainability of their animal protein production. Through Sustell we make the invisible visible and unlock the value of sustainability.”