Broader ambition is to phase out the use of marine-derived ingredients in feed by 2025.
Atlantic Sapphire has announced it has partnered with Skretting to include Veramaris ASC-MSC certified sustainable algal oil in feed from Q4 2021, reducing the fish oil content in its salmon feed by approximately 25 per cent and accelerating the process of eliminating the use of marine-derived feed ingredients by 2025.
Veramaris’ algal oil, developed as a sustainable source of both EPA & DHA Omega-3, is used to supplement or replace fish oil across the aquaculture value chain from feed producer to retailer. Veramaris is the first microalgae producer to have achieved joint ASC-MSC certification. Veramaris algal oil was introduced into Skretting’s feed for Atlantic Sapphire feed starting in Q4 of 2021.
Florida-based Atlantic Sapphire raises salmon on land in the United States using specialized Bluehouse farming technology, where the fish are raised sustainably in conditions that optimize fish welfare, the health of people and the planet.
Atlantic Sapphire CEO Johan Andreassen said: “Having a sustainable EPA & DHA alternative for our feed is critical in helping us achieve our ambition of having zero impact on the oceans, and working with Skretting and Veramaris, we believe we have the right partners to get there. Simultaneously, we will continue to work with Skretting on other novel ingredients to help us minimize our footprint as we move towards our mission to be the healthiest and most sustainable animal protein producer in the world.”
Therese Log Bergjord, CEO of Skretting commented, “We are pleased to be working together with Atlantic Sapphire to reach ambitious objectives. We have pioneered R&D to reduce marine ingredients in feed for over a decade; now, combined with our expertise in the highest quality feeds for land-based aquaculture we have formulated a specific diet for Atlantic Sapphire containing Veramaris algal oil. Together, we are using technology, innovation, and teamwork to bring local, delicious and sustainable salmon to the US market.”
Karim Kurmaly, Veramaris CEO said: “This is a partnership bringing together three innovative companies playing their part to bring sustainable salmon to the USA, the biggest consumption market in the world.
“We are excited to be part of Atlantic Sapphire’s journey. It signals the direction the aquaculture industry is taking to become more sustainable while delivering on the documented value of salmon as part of a healthy and balanced diet. We are committed to working with partners along the value chain to bring transparent and sustainable solutions to the industry that results in healthy fish, healthy food and healthy oceans”.