Leroy Seafood Group will next month raise salmon fed with aquatic feed made with algae, according to a company press release.
The firm, Norway’s second largest salmon producer, will begin using the new aquatic feed after entering a cooperation agreement with Danish aquatic feed manufacturer BioMar Group.
Leroy will begin raising salmon above 1 kilogram with the new feed from next month.
Salmon typically get their intake of key omega-3 fatty acids from aquatic feed made with fishmeal and fishoil. The new feed, called AlgaPrime DHA, will comprise omega-3 derived partly from microalgae which yields the crucial Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Henning Beltestad, CEO of Leroy said: “We know there will be a lack of fish oil in the future and that we have to find alternatives to fish oil, as a feed ingredient, if we want to keep the high level of healthy omega 3 that we have in the salmon today.
“For the end-consumer this change means that we will be able to keep the high level of healthy omega 3 in the ‘Leroy Salmo’. With the use of feed formulated with microalgae we are certain to maintain the high level for many years to come.”
The new omega-3-rich whole algae ingredient was developed by TerraVia in partnership with Bunge. BioMar then developed a range of feed solutions for Leroy, where a part of the high level of healthy omega 3 is obtained through use of the microalgae.
BioMar has been at the forefront of developing and testing feed with microalgae, bringing new feeds incorporating the ingredient to the market at a commercial scale in 2016. Since September 2016, over 40,000 metric tons of feed has been brought to market -- mainly consumed by Leroy, said the release.
“We are very pleased that we have been able to contribute to developing healthy and sustainable salmon products together with Leroy. It is vital to BioMar working in a close partnership with our customers and suppliers. To us it is evident that we need cooperation to develop the industry," said Jan Sverre Rosstad, vice president for the salmon division in BioMar.
As a supplier of microalgae omega-3s to the aquaculture industry, TerraVia’s joint venture with Bunge worked in close cooperation with BioMar and Leroy in the development phase.
Graham Ellis, senior vice president of business development at TerraVia said: “Leroy and BioMar have collaborated closely with us throughout the commercialization of AlgaPrime DHA to ensure that we are delivering sustainable, cost effective, and relevant products at the right scale to meet the challenges of the salmon industry.
“By leveraging our respective core competencies, we’re now able to create meaningful results for consumer health, and to broaden the available pool of omega-3 oils for aquaculture, enhancing the sustainability of the industry. TerraVia’s joint venture with Bunge in Brazil has successfully scaled its AlgaPrime DHA omega-3 manufacturing capability, and is now delivering consistently as a critical ingredient of BioMar’s feed formulation for Leroy.”