September 13, 2021
BioMar reaches one million tonnes of salmon feed with microalgae
BioMar hit a major sustainability milestone this month with the adoption of microalgae omega 3s into feed diets.
Marine ingredients are a finite resource, and by including microalgae in aquaculture diets, the pressure on fish stocks can be stabilised, BioMar said.
"By including microalgae in aquaculture feed diets, we can bypass the wild fish stocks and go straight to the original source of essential omega 3s. This helps to relieve pressure on our oceans while ensuring that the fish are getting the optimal nutrition required", Vidar Gundersen, global sustainability director at BioMar Group, said.
The innovation process began back in 2013 with the first microalgae, AlgaPrime, in commercial salmon feeds realised in 2016. The first movers were Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett with Blue Circle and Whole Foods and Scottish Sea Farms with Marks & Spencer.
Not long after, Ventisqueros and Lerøy adopted microalgae in the diets of their coho Silverside and salmon, respectively. These higher volumes help it achieve commercial viability and today, the inclusion of microalgae is becoming more common in BioMar's salmon feeds, the company said.
"To bring something this novel to market required the support from the entire value chain. We found this among several salmon farmers and retailers that were willing to take a chance on microalgae and today's success is owed to them all," Paddy Campbell, vice president of the salmon division at BioMar Group, said. "Also, to the numerous people in BioMar production sites that found solutions to some challenging technical issues that we experienced over the years."
Microalgae is one of several novel ingredients in BioMar’s innovation pipeline. With limited planetary resources, the need to decouple aquaculture feed supply chains from directly competing with food for human consumption will increase. BioMar recently announced an ambitious target of 50% circular and/or restorative ingredients in their aquaculture feed diets by 2030.
BioMar continues innovation towards securing raw material flexibility and low impact feed solutions with several trials underway at various BioMar Aquaculture Technology Centres.
These trials continue to deliver valuable insights that will help drive the aquaculture industry even further towards a more sustainable future, BioMar said.