Fish oil

Alpha Feed, Mowi and China-based Yuehai Feed Group; agreed to conduct trial on Fish oil-free Salmon Feed and wins the Fish oil-free challenge. The trial for the F3 Challenge winner, conducted in one of Mowi’s open environment research facilities; either in Norway or Scotland, and will include Mowi’s low; and zero fish-oil formulations containing the winning challenge.

Mowi’s salmon feeds are GMO and land-animal product free; complying with both EU regulations and customer demand. Currently, the inclusion of marine ingredients in their conventional diets is less than 10 % of fishmeal; and around the same low inclusion of fatty acids. However, fish oil obtained from eating fishs or by taking supplements. Fish, especially rich in the beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel; herring, tuna, salmon, cod liver, whale blubber, and seal blubber.

Efficient and environmentally friendly

“At Mowi they are committed to sustainability; and are always looking for more efficient and environmentally friendly ways of producing feed for our salmon,” said Laura Martinez Rubio, research; development & technical manager at Mowi Feed. “It is also important that our salmon gets the healthiest diet possible. At Mowi they want to be at the forefront; and they are therefore excited about testing the winning non-fish oil.”

“But they are delighted that these big companies have committed to testing the winning fish-free oil,” said Kevin Fitzsimmons, F3 Challenge judge and professor at the University of Arizona. “However, this is an important step forward toward the large-scale adoption and use of alternatives to wild-caught fish in aquaculture feed.”

Use in fish oil

The companies will provide the results of their trials through the F3 Feed Innovation Network (FIN). As of the third sales reporting period, the four competitors have collectively sold 472,359 kilograms of F3 oil during the contest. Veramaris remains in the lead with the most F3 oil sold. The four global competitors include China-based Guangdong Evergreen Feed Industry Co. Ltd., China-based Shen Zhen Alpha Feed Co. Ltd., Netherlands-based Veramaris and the UK/US-based team Aquaculture Innovation/Qualitas Health.

Each year, an estimated 16 million tonnes of wild fishs, caught exclusively for use in fish oil and fishmeal. Wild-caught fish are currently the major source of Omega-3 and contain DHA, EPA and ARA essential fatty acids for fish and for human health too. However, aquaculture supplies one of the world’s most efficient sources of animal protein. However, the industry is held back by the availability of one key ingredient: fish oil, which provides important omega fatty acids necessary for animal and human nutrition.