June 19, 2023
Loch Duart Salmon pioneers sustainability in UK with BioMar's Blue Impact feed
Loch Duart, the small-scale, low-impact salmon farm based in North West Scotland, the United Kingdom, has furthered its commitment to raising the best-tasting salmon with the lowest possible impact on the environment by switching to BioMar's new Blue Impact diet, BioMar said.
Loch Duart is the first salmon producer in the UK to use the Blue Impact feed, launched by BioMar last year.
Blue Impact, BioMar's global brand dedicated to sustainability and driving continuous change in aquaculture is centred around aqua feeds lowering carbon emissions, utilising more circular and restorative raw materials, and minimising ingredients derived from wild fish stocks. The new Blue Impact feed means Loch Duart salmon can further improve its quality and sustainability through:
- Further carbon footprint reduction: Loch Duart's carbon footprint from feed production is now below 2.0kg CO2 eq/kg;
- Managing scarce resources: The Blue Impact feed, specially commissioned for Loch Duart, uses a minimum of 75% of marine ingredients from by-products from UK fish processing, which are more restorative to the planet;
- Fish forage dependency ratio (FFDR) reduction: Loch Duart uses the lowest possible number of wild/foraged fish in its feed. The change in the feed now means that Loch Duart FFDR is just 0.7, more than half of the current average levels for standard farmed salmon;
- High omega-3 levels: The feed maintains a high marine content and a careful selection of ingredients guarantees industry-leading, high Omega-3 levels for Loch Duart salmon.
"BioMar's holistic approach to sustainability, with Blue Impact addressing multiple sustainability challenges in the industry, is a key driver for us switching to this diet," said Mark Warrington, managing director of Loch Duart. "At Loch Duart, we are serious about reducing our impact on this planet because it's the right thing to do. With this switch in feed, we will take another major step in the right direction while further improving the health and quality of our unrivalled Scottish salmon."
"BioMar's Blue Impact will not only reduce our carbon footprint but will help reduce the fish forage dependency ratio by increasing the use of circular ingredients and responsibly managing the world's resources," said Chris Orr, sales director of Loch Duart. "This increases the sustainability of how we raise our salmon without compromising the taste, texture, or high omega-3 levels that our customers love, and Loch Duart is famous for."
"Blue Impact is our flagship diet dedicated to sustainability," said Robert Wilson, business unit director at BioMar UK. "We have defined distinct sustainability parameters based on our BioSustain programme to measure the sustainability of this diet and we will continue to implement improvements year-on-year to ensure sustainable development to transform aquaculture. We are looking forward to starting this sustainability journey with Loch Duart and constantly challenging each other to find new and innovative ways to improve the sustainability of the entire value chain."