Algal link joins the feed chain
Biomar has announced plans to include omega-3 content that comes from microalgae in its fish feeds, in a bid to secure greater access to essential fatty acids.
The new algal ingredient has been developed by TerraVia Holdings and Bunge Limited and is produced at their joint venture renewable oils manufacturing plant in Brazil.
The launch of feed containing microalgae offers the industry new opportunities for sustainable development. Annual production of fish oil rich in omega-3 is less than one million tonnes. The global supply of omega-3 sourced from fisheries is not expected to increase. The Biomar 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.
Biomar's Vice President North Sea, Jan Sverre Røsstad, explains: "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. We are very excited that our collaboration with TerraVia and Bunge has put us in a position to draw on yet another sustainable source of omega-3. Our hope is that this move on our part can contribute to the continued growth of our industry."
The Biomar Group recently published a new purpose statement and is currently preparing to launch a new corporate strategy. "Our guiding principles for the new strategy are Innovation and Sustainability, as well as Cooperation and Performance. The collaboration with TerraVia and Bunge goes very well in line with our new strategy as a focused aquaculture feed supplier and it will, for sure, be an important step for continuing the development of sustainable aquaculture worldwide," adds Carlos Diaz, CEO.