The F3 Challenge team presents the award cheque to Guangdong Evergreen Feed Company. Photo: F3

Chinese firm wins $200,000 fish-free feed contest

China's Guangdong Evergreen Feed Industry Co. Ltd was today named as the winner of the F3 (Fish-Free Feed) Challenge, a 16-month contest to develop and sell the most fish-free feed for aquaculture.
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The $200,100 prize was presented at the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL 2017 conference in Dublin.

Evergreen has emerged as a market leader in cost-competitive alternative feeds for tilapia and carp, the world’s top two farm-raised fish by volume. Evergreen distributes its fish-free feed in China, Vietnam, Iran and Indonesia.

Chen Dan: Feed “the most important sustainability issue facing aquaculture”.
Photo: Evergeen Feed Industry Co.

“The most important sustainability issue facing aquaculture is the feed issue,” Evergreen president Chen Dan said in a statement. “Global wild fisheries resources are currently being depleted to alarming levels and our oceans may be empty soon if we don’t do anything to stop overfishing and reduce the pressure on wild-fish stocks.”

Critical role

“The global F3 contest is playing a critical role in promoting innovative and sustainable feed ingredients as substitutes to fishmeal and fish oil for the aquaculture industry and releasing the dependence of aquaculture on forage fisheries. With F3 feeds, farmers can produce fish regardless of the status of wild-caught stocks.”

More than 120,000 tonnes of fish-free feed were sold by the global participants of the F3 (Fish-Free Feed) Challenge since the sales contest to encourage innovation of alternative ingredients for aquafeeds launched in May 2016. The amount of fish-free aquafeed sold during the 16-month contest is estimated to have saved more than 120 million forage fish from being used as fishfeed.

Hard work and dedication

“We are pleased to award Evergreen Feed Industry the F3 prize to acknowledge its hard work and dedication to the widespread adoption of fish-free feed,” said University of Arizona Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons, a judge of the challenge and former president of the World Aquaculture Society, during the award ceremony. “Thanks to the great effort and commitment made by all the contestants, I’ve seen more progress made over the past 18 months to advance fishmeal alternatives than over the last five years.”

“It is important that F3 feeds are competitively priced,” said Chen. Evergreen sold 84,691 tonnes of their fish-free feed during the contest, which is currently 7-10 per cent cheaper than conventional fish-based feeds.

Feeds for trout

The team comprised of Myanmar-based Htoo Thit Co. and global animal nutrition company Biomin placed second with 34,600 tonnes, and in third place was Oryza Organics with 1,661 tonnes sold.

In addition, two honorable mentions were given to the Agriprotein/Abagold and the TwoXSea/Star Milling Co./Alltech,/TerraVia teams who innovated at the frontier of technology by creating feeds for trout.

Launched at GOAL 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, the contest challenged aquafeed producers to produce and sell 100,000 tonnes of feeds that do not contain marine animal meal or oil, or be the company closest to the target, by the contest end date. The challenge was intended to spark innovation in the aquafeed industry to develop viable, cost-competitive aquafeeds free of fishmeal and fish oils to reduce the pressure on wild-caught fish to supply aquaculture fishfeed components and help meet growing demand for fish in the future.

Fish-free fish oil

In Dublin, the F3 Team also officially launched a new contest to innovate a fish oil alternative that doesn’t rely on wild-caught fish. The F3 Fish Oil Challenge will award a $100,000+ prize to the company or team that makes and sells the most fish-free “fish oil” to aquaculture operations or feed manufacturers.

The University of Arizona, University of Massachusetts Boston, Synbiobeta, Anthropocene Institute and the World Bank are sponsoring the contest that aims to both support and streamline the aquaculture feed supply chain. Learn more and register for the new F3 Challenge at: www.f3challenge.org.

Published: 04/10/2017 at 3:37 pm


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