AN alternative dietary ingredient high in omega-3 is to be made available in feed formulators throughout the salmon industry following demand for the product among salmon farmers.
AlgaPrime DHA, a whole algae ingredient, is produced by a joint venture between US firm TerraVia and Bunge of Brazil and distributed through BioMar.
The three partners announced yesterday that the distribution agreement would be expanded to make the product commercially available at scale to salmon farmers and others in the aquaculture industry.
The announcement comes after successful feed trials over the past six months during which BioMar significantly increased deliveries of commercial feed containing AlgaPrime DHA to leading salmon farmers.
Developed to reduce dependency on marine fisheries and enhance the nutritional value of seafood, AlgaPrime DHA is expected to be a key feed ingredient in the future of aquaculture.
‘We believe AlgaPrime DHA will be a significant contributor to the further development of salmon products with a desirable nutritional profile,’ said Jan Sverre Røsstad, vice president and head of the Salmon Division at BioMar Group.
‘We take pride in driving the sustainability agenda of the industry and are pleased to be the first feed producer to bring this new feed ingredient to our customers while ensuring economies of scale.’
Graham Ellis, a senior vice president at TerraVia, said: ‘AlgaPrime DHA offers a traceable and sustainable source of omega-3s. As an alternative to ingredients like fish oil and fishmeal that come from small oily fish, AlgaPrime DHA can help customers meet consumer and retailer demand for salmon with enhanced levels of omega-3s.’
Bunge vice president of global innovation, Miguel Oliveira, said: ‘Produced at the TerraVia and Bunge joint venture production facility in Brazil using renewable energy and a native algae strain, AlgaPrime DHA allows for responsible industry growth.
‘We’re producing it at a scale relevant to the market right now, and our expanded agreement with BioMar will help deliver on the potential of this business.’
Picture: Miguel Oliveira of AlgaPrime producer Bunge