January 21, 2021
In a first, Veramaris® receives ASC-MSC certification
In a press statement, Veramaris has become the first microalgae oil producer for feed to achieve certification to the joint ASC-MSC Seaweed (Algae) Standard.
The company sustainably produces EPA & DHA Omega-3 algae oil for use in the aquaculture industry as fish feed and pet food and is the first US producer to achieve the ASC-MSC certification.
Veramaris' certified sustainable facility, which is entirely land-based, adds an estimated 45% to the global supply of MSC-certified EPA & DHA Omega-3 and covers approximately 15% of the global requirement for EPA & DHA in farmed salmon feeds.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), aquaculture is instrumental for meeting the increasing global demand for nutritional food while restoring the health of our oceans. To meet this growing demand sustainably, fish farms need responsibly-sourced fish feed, such as from an ASC-certification requirement. This feed must contain the two key Omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA, which are vital for animal and human health and mostly come from wild-capture fish. One tonne of Veramaris algae oil provides as much EPA & DHA as from 60 tonnes of forage fish.
Gaining the ASC-MSC certification, provided by independent company SAI Global, required a rigorous audit process against several requirements for good management practices. These requirements include responsible energy use, minimal impacts on biodiversity, fair treatment, pay for all staff, and involves a public consultation period.