In a press statement, Veramaris has become the first microalgae oil producer for feed to achieve certification with the joint ASC-MSC Seaweed (Algae) Standard.

To achieve the certification, a rigorous audit process against several requirements for good management practices is required. These requirements include responsible energy use, minimal impacts on biodiversity, fair treatment and pay for all staff.

Veramaris sustainably produces EPA and 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.

One tonne of the company's algae oil provides as much EPA and DHA as from 60 tonnes of forage fish.

Veramaris' certified sustainable facility, which is entirely land-based, adds an estimated 45% to the global supply of MSC-certified EPA and DHA Omega-3, and covers approximately 15% of the global requirement for EPA and 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 oceans.

To meet the growing demand sustainably, fish farms need responsibly-sourced fish feed, such as those from an ASC-certification requirement. Such feed must contain EPA and DHA, which are vital for animal and human health.

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