Lerøy, one of the world’s leading seafood groups and based in Bergen, Norway, will start producing salmon products rich in healthy fatty acids – with a reduced usage of scarce marine raw materials.
The salmon (over 1 kg) produced by Lerøy, will as of this month be farmed by using feed formulated with microalgae, a sustainable, Omega-3-rich whole algae ingredient developed by TerraVia in partnership with Bunge. Using the new ingredient, Lerøy embarks a journey of reducing dependency of marine ingredients.
“For the end-consumer this change means that we will be able to keep the high level of healthy Omega 3 in the ‘Lerøy Salmon’. 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. With the use of feed formulated with microalgae we are certain to maintain the high level for many years to come,”states Henning Beltestad, CEO in Lerøy Seafood Group.
The feed supplier BioMar has developed a range of feed solutions for Lerøy, where a part of the high level of healthy Omega 3 is obtained through use of microalgae. BioMar has been taking lead in developing and testing feed with microalgae, bringing new feeds incorporating the ingredient to the market at a commercial scale in 2016. Since September 2016 more than 40.000 tonnes of feed has been brought to market – mainly consumed by Lerøy.