BioMar Research Centre expands trial capacity

The BioMar Research Centre in Hirtshals, Denmark, inaugurates at the beginning of July a new section adding important trial capacity for raw material evaluations. The new tank facilities will make it possible simultaneously to run up to seven different trials at the Research Centre.

Ole Christensen, R&D Manager for BioMar Continental Europe is very pleased with the additional capacity: - It allows us to step up our efforts especially in the evaluation of alternative raw materials. This will benefit our customers in several ways. First of all improved knowledge of the nutritional aspects of each raw material in the alimentation of different fish species and improved knowledge about nutritional cross interactions between different types of raw materials are essential to achieving our targets of continuous improvement of feed performance.

- In addition to this, documentation of the nutritional properties of a wider range of raw materials will make us less dependent on individual raw materials. In periods with large fluctuations in raw material prices we hope this can soften the impact of increases in raw material prices. It will allow us to switch to the at any given time most economically attractive raw material combination, while still maintaining the same high feed performance.

- Finally, the increased knowledge of alternative raw materials is also an important step in our ongoing efforts to secure long term sustainability of aquaculture, adds Ole Christensen. – By finding alternative raw materials we can reduce the pressure on some of the scarce resources e.g. fish meal and fish oil. However it is a complicated issue, where we have to invest considerable resources both in research in nutritional performance and in the evaluation of the sustainability profile of different alternative raw materials.

The BioMar Research Centre in Hirtshals was founded in 1986, and the centre is today one of the largest private aquatic research and trial centres in Europe. The centre is located together with and sharing some of its facilities with the North Sea Centre, an important aquatic research & development centre home to several Danish research institutions and organisations.