The Salmon Group has been working systematically for several years to ensure more sustainable salmon. Together with BioMar, the Salmon Group is now developing a new feed that ensures good fish health, performance and reduces the total carbon footprint by 20%. At the same time, making salmon a more nutritious and healthy food.
Growth in the industry and lower access to limited resources such as fishmeal and oil require a more sustainable direction when it comes to raw material utilization. The Salmon Group has answered these challenges with a change in course, to promote new and smarter solutions for the benefit of the consumer, the development of the industry and the environment.
“The Salmon Group works systematically on sustainability and fish welfare, and feed is an important key to success in both of these areas. Last year, we launched our preliminary project: "Sustainable farming of salmon and trout - What is it?" Where we pointed to the feed as an important aspect in this context, among other things. Now we want to put this into practice," said Anne-Kristine Øen, CEO of Salmon Group. "There are increasingly tough demands on responsible food production and the Salmon Group wants to stay ahead of new regulatory requirements, because it is right for the environment, but also because we see that the consumer expects it."
Together with BioMar, the Salmon Group has worked out a solution that maintains high omega-3 levels (EPA + DHA) in the feed, and significantly reduces fish-in-fish-out ratios and contamination of unwanted substances. This is done through a combined use of microalgae oil, purification technology and by-products.
Optimal use and composition of all feed raw materials reduces the overall environmental footprint of the feed by 20% without compromising on feed quality, feeding performance and fish welfare.
"It is clearly in everyone's interest that we succeed in producing feed that delivers according to the end consumer's expectations," said Håvard Jørgensen, CEO of BioMar. "Knowledge and competence on sustainability, and collaboration with key raw material suppliers and customers are crucial to achieving this."
The first farmed salmon fed on the new feed is expected to reach the market in the last quarter of this year.