BioMar Group celebrated the 10th anniversary of their BioSustain™ concept with a rooftop party at their new offices in Norway during Aqua Nor 2017.
“At BioMar we are proud of our long history in sustainability”, said Carlos Diaz, CEO BioMar Group, “over a decade ago we recognized the need to find sustainable solutions to fishmeal and fish oil and believed that ‘profit through sustainability’ was possible.”
The BioSustain concept is the foundation for BioMar’s work and covers sustainability across all three dimensions; economy, environment and society. BioSustain is a dynamic platform that continues to adapt to the fluid environment of stakeholder demands in the aquaculture industry. It was developed in collaboration with BASF and in parallel with DNV’s ProSustain program.
The project was born out of the need to reduce the dependence on marine based fishmeal and fish oil and the original concept focused on fish feed solutions for salmon.
“It has long since been possible to replace fishmeal with other protein sources, but we didn’t stop there -We continue to push the innovation frontier and today we can produce fish feeds with zero inclusion of marine ingredients where the fish oil is replaced with microalgae, omega-3 in their native form”, explains Carlos Diaz.
The next evolution in the BioSustain program is the creation of a fully integrated tool for tracking and measuring sustainability at the sourcing side of the value chain.
“We are currently working on Triple S (Sustainable Solution Steering), which will fundamentally change the way we source raw materials and give us full transparency so that we can measure sustainability at the origin of the value chain,” explains Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director, BioMar Group.