Global Salmon Initiative members announce tender for omega-3 rich novel oil sources

A new initiative from the GSI demonstrates its commitment to finding sustainable feed solutions to support the long-term future of the farmed salmon industry
August 19, 2015

Members of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), in partnership with feed company associates Biomar, EWOS, Havsbrún, Salmofood and Skretting, announced the launch of an innovative global tender at AquaNor on 19 August.

The tender invites organizations interested in developing novel oils high in omega-3 for fish farming, to share proposals to supply participating GSI members with a minimum of 25,000 metric tonnes of novel oil, and up to 200,000 metric tonnes, annually for a minimum of two years. These additional resources will significantly increase the availability of Omega-3 rich oils, and support the sustainable use of marine oils in fish feed.

“By working together to resolve industry-wide issues, the GSI is demonstrating how collaboration can lead to innovative solutions. We are pleased to see the GSI members working proactively in the search for resources needed to ensure a sustainable future for the industry and to provide sustainable sources of protein,” said Doris Soto, Senior Aquaculture Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Today’s announcement comes as part of the GSI’s continued dedication toward improving the sustainability of the farmed salmon industry, and their strong commitment to securing the long-term future of the industry.

“Ensuring a long-term supply of our feed resources has always been a key focus for the GSI, and through this commitment to new novel oils, instead of waiting for the market to act, we hope to accelerate the development of viable novel oils at a commercial scale to improve the long-term stability of our supply chain.” said Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest.

“We know there are exciting developments in terms of alternative resourcing for fish oils, and through our partnership project we hope to understand and assess the real potential and environmental benefits of using such novel oils, and hopefully identify a supplier of novel oils to meet the requirements of our industry.” said Einar Wathne, CEO of EWOS.

The deadline for the open tender is 31 October 2015 and a decision will be reached by the end of the year.

To receive the tender documents, please contact GSI