BioMar Group announced the expansion of the marine hatchery trial facilities at their Aquaculture Technology Centre (ATC) Hirtshals in Denmark. The investment will allow for an expansion into a new, larger facility with the capability of performing trials in semi-industrial conditions. The inauguration of the expanded ATC Hirtshals facility is expected to take place in September.
The investment in this state-of-the-art facility follows the continued success of the LARVIVA hatchery feeds across the main hatchery markets, together with the two capacity expansions at the production facility in France to cover the market demand. The decision further reinforces BioMar’s commitment to driving innovation and meeting the evolving needs of hatcheries across the globe.
Henrik Aarestrup, VP LATAM, Shrimp & Hatchery at BioMar said: “We believe that this investment will unlock potential for growth in new markets and new species. This will bring innovations, further solidifying our position as a leading provider of premium-quality hatchery feeds. The expansion of the ATC Hirtshals facility aligns with BioMar’s strategic plan for the hatchery segment, which is a key pillar for the development of marine fish and shrimp feeds.”
Extensive research and testing of hatchery feeds
The hatchery trial facilities will serve as a hub for research and development activities, with the addition of six multinational R&D staff to the team of experts in marine hatchery operations. It will include units dedicated to larval rearing as well as live feed production, allowing for extensive research and testing of hatchery feeds for several marine species.
For his part, Simon Wadsworth, Global R&D Director at BioMar said: “We are commissioning advanced larval research facilities, to ensure the continued high performance of LARVIVA, as well as developing further products for this highly specialized global market. The core research team has also been strengthened by leading larval rearing expertise from the Mediterranean region. The new facility will significantly strengthen our research capacity in this dynamic segment.”
Loch Duart salmon pioneers sustainability and health advancements in the UK
On the other hand, Loch Duart, the small-scale, low-impact salmon farm based in North West Scotland, has furthered their commitment to raising the best-tasting salmon with the lowest possible impact on the environment by switching to global aqua feed producer BioMar’s new Blue Impact diet. Loch Duart is the first salmon producer in the UK to use the Blue Impact feed, launched by BioMar last year.
In that sense, Mark Warrington, Managing Director of Loch Duart, said: “BioMar’s holistic approach to sustainability, with Blue Impact addressing multiple sustainability challenges in the industry, is a key driver for us switching to this diet. At Loch Duart, we are serious about reducing our impact on this planet because it’s the right thing to do. With this switch in feed, we will take another major step in the right direction while further improving the health and quality of our unrivalled Scottish salmon.”
Chris Orr, Sales Director at Loch Duart, said: “Loch Duart salmon are as close to wild as you’ll find in the market and we firmly believe in feeding our fish what they naturally want to eat, a diet high in marine content. We also believe this diet should not come at the expense of the environment. BioMar’s Blue Impact will not only reduce our carbon footprint but will help reduce the Fish Forage Dependency Ratio by increasing the use of circular ingredients and responsibly managing the world’s resources. This increases the sustainability of how we raise our salmon without compromising the taste, texture, or high omega-3 levels that our customers love, and Loch Duart is famous for.”
Blue Impact, BioMar’s global brand dedicated to sustainability and driving continuous change in aquaculture is centered around aqua feeds lowering carbon emissions, utilizing more circular and restorative raw materials, and minimizing ingredients derived from wild fish stocks. The new Blue Impact feed means Loch Duart salmon can further improve its quality and sustainability through.