BioMar’s new product helps manage salmon stress and improve performance

Made from natural ingredients, Calm can be added to grower diets and used in addition to other SmartCare products.

Credits: Gier Mogen
February 19, 2024

BioMar introduced Calm, the latest offering to complement the SmartCare range of products in salmon feeds. Made from natural ingredients, Calm can be added to grower diets and used in addition to other already well-established SmartCare products.

With the increasing need for mechanical and other forms of treatment to help with the challenge of sea lice, salmon are subjected to numerous stress events such as crowding and general handling. This has a knock-on effect on 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.

Recommended to be 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 to welfare which will help them maintain the expected level of performance.

“Calm is a great addition to the SmartCare range of products that we already have. While 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,” stated Torunn Forberg, SmartCare product marketing manager, BioMar.

SmartCare Calm has been developed with the current production methods in mind. Research has shown it to have a positive effect on feed intake, growth, and pigmentation leading to better results for the farmer at harvest.