February 29, 2024


BioMar's Calm developed to mitigate stress in fish during handling




BioMar has launched a new product, Calm, which can be added to grower diets to reduce fish stress during handling.


The additive, which BioMar said is made from natural ingredients, is part of the Danish company's SmartCare range and can be used in addition to other products in the range.


According to BioMar, the increasing need for mechanical and other forms of treatment to help with the challenge of sea lice means that salmon are subjected to numerous stress events such as crowding and general handling. This has a knock-on effect to the fish due to lost feeding days, reduced growth potential and the increased risk of secondary infections, potentially resulting in a lower final harvest weight and reduced quality.


BioMar added that when used strategically before and immediately after any planned stress event, SmartCare Calm can be a useful addition to the feed for the farmer to help mitigate these risks.


"Calm is a great addition to the SmartCare range of products that we already have," said SmartCare product marketing manager Torunn Forberg. "Whilst the need to treat fish for sea lice to remain within the regulatory limits is a necessity, we also understand that these types of stress events can bring with them other challenges that can have a prolonged negative impact. The introduction of Calm can alleviate some of these production pains."


BioMar said research has shown SmartCare Calm to have a positive effect on feed intake, growth and pigmentation, leading to better results for the farmer at harvest.

- Fish Farming Expert

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