Sea bream

Sparus aurata

COVERING YOUR SEA BREAM’S NEEDS

European sea bream (Sparus aurata) farming is widely established in the Mediterranean region. Since the beginning of modern sea bream aquaculture in the region, BioMar has been pioneering the development of high quality feed with a strong focus on feed performance and the total economic performance for the farmers. BioMar offers feed ranges that cover the whole life cycle of the sea bream, from larvae to grower and broodstock feed. Our products are designed to meet the fish needs in different life stages and in the different farming conditions encountered in the Mediterranean region.

Choosing the right feed

It matters to choose the right feed according to production setup and scope.
Best Economic Performance

The path to increased financial yield

The prices of feed raw materials and of farmed species fluctuate for many reasons. When both costs and income fluctuate, it is crucial that the farmer can choose products that provide the best financial end result – tailored to meet the circumstances.

By means of adapted feed composition, feed choice and feeding regime, we can offer a unique support system based on documentation beyond comparison: the Best Economic Performance model. The customer defines the performance goals and BioMar adapts the product strategy to fit these demands

Feeding all stages

Nutritional requirements vary through the life cycle of each single species.

BioMar's feed ranges cover the special needs in the full life cycle from egg to harvest of both fresh water and marine fish species, and of shrimp.

Starting with the LARVIVA diets for hatcheries and a number of specific types of fry feeds we offer a large variety of transfer feeds and grower feeds developed to match the nutritional needs of specific species in various farming conditions.

On top, we offer specially enriched broodstock feeds, conditioning the brood stock to deliver highest quality eggs and by this securing the best possible start for a new cycle.

BioRhythmic feeding

Good production results are based on informed choices

Our BioRhythmic feeding concept helps to achieve the best possible production results when growth rate, feed conversion rate and survival are very important parts of the picture.

For optimised performance, the daily energy intake must be maximised throughout the production cycle. It matters to choose a feed that maintains the appetite at a high level, irrespective of environmental changes like temperature and light conditions.

Furthermore, it is essential to choose a diet with an energy level that is closely adapted to the growth potential in the various stages of production. It is equally important to apply an optimal feeding regime ensuring the amount of feed needed from day to day to reach production targets is available.

Fish health

Our research prioritises strategies for the development of diets supporting fish health.

We care about the health of fish, fish farmer’s finances and the healthy reputation that farmed fish deserve and on which the industry relies.

BioMar aims to offer a range of functional diets effective against the most serious production disorders, and covering the entire production cycle for a large number of farmed species.

Our research on one species is very often relevant for another. This is especially applicable in terms of fish health, where functional diets tend to have a broader spectrum of use with respect to species than grower feeds do.

Product Ranges

Hatchery/Starter feeds

BEST START IN LIFE - LARVIVA larval diets and INICIO Plus fry feed ranges

Optimal feeding is crucial to the beginning of all new life. The LARVIVA larval feed range and INICIO Plus fry feed ranges cover all nutritional needs during the initial life stages from larvae until the juvenile fish leaves the hatchery.

BioMar’s hatchery feeds fit the particular needs of many types of hatcheries and feeding regimes in production, from the more traditional approaches to the very early weaning procedures with substantial replacement of live feed.

Both LARVIVA and INICIO Plus feed ranges for fish contain Bactocell®* - a probiotic approved by the European Food Safety Authorities for its documented effect on reducing deformities in fish larvae and fry. In addition, Bactocell® is very well documented by the scientific community for its positive effects on gut health and disease resistance

* Bactocell® is the only probiotic approved by the European Food Safety Authorities for inclusion in fish feed. The approval is based on extensive documentation of reduced occurrence of deformities across fish species.

Grower Feeds

FOCUS ON FEED PERFORMANCE

BioMar’s EFICO YM and EFICO Kappa grower feed ranges meet the nutritional needs of the fish during the grower stage and farmers’ needs in different farming conditions in the Mediterranean area.

EFICO YM feed range is based on the Performance Concept, in which the feed is formulated for obtaining consistent growth and feed conversion rates. The Performance Concept focuses on available nutrients (digestible energy and digestible protein) rather than their crude values.

EFICO Kappa is a special range that is developed based on Performance Concept and ENA2. The target of the ENA2 is Enhancing Nutrient Availability & Absorption. EFICO Kappa has an excellent reputation with great acceptance among fish farmers.

To comply with specific market needs, EFICO Kappa and EFICO YM feed ranges may be available in two versions: with and without Land Animal Products (LAPs).

Grower Feeds

Broodstock Feeds

PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION

BioMar’s broodstock feed is specially formulated to provide key nutrients that will be transferred from the mother’s diet to the egg reserves stored in the yolk.  EFICO Genio feed supports production of nutrient-rich eggs which hatch into high performing fry.

Broodstock Feeds

Functional Feeds

EFICO Plus - Stronger fish deal better with challenges

 EFICO Plus is designed to help strengthen natural resistance and defense of the fish before planned or expected stress periods. EFICO Plus includes extra vitamins and several potent micronutrients, and it is specially formulated for preparing fish for challenging periods, such as handling, grading, temperature changes and fish transfer.

EFICO Forte – To boost resistance when parasites are around

EFICO Forte is a functional feed designed to help sea bream farmers reduce production and performance losses in sea cages, and help sea bream cope with hostile environment conditions during this stage, particularly when exposed to external parasites. EFICO Forte can be used preferably from spring to fall, during periods of higher risk.

Functional Feeds

Targeted solutions

Sea bream Targ. solutions (item 1) Functional: EFICO Plus/Forte FR_EN

Functional feeds

EFICO Plus - stronger fish deal better with challenges

EFICO Plus is designed to help strengthen natural resistance and defense of the fish before planned or expected stress periods. EFICO Plus includes extra vitamins and several potent micronutrients, and it is specially formulated for preparing fish for challenging periods, such as handling, grading, temperature changes and fish transfer.

EFICO Forte – to boost resistance when parasites are around

EFICO Forte is a functional feed designed to help sea bream farmers reduce production and performance losses in sea cages, and help sea bream cope with hostile environment conditions during this stage, particularly when exposed to external parasites. EFICO Forte can be used preferably from spring to fall, during periods of higher risk.

More about functional feeds

Sea bream Targ. solutions (item 2) Fry: INTRO Plus MT FR_EN

Fry feed

INTRO Plus MT - marine transfer feed

INTRO Plus MT, BioMar's marine transfer feed, helps strengthen marine fry to prepare them for leaving the comfort of the hatchery and facing the challenges of the open environment of sea cages. INTRO Plus MT contain Bactocell®*, a well-documented probiotic that reduces deformities across fish species, and B-WYSE™**,a selected combination of yeast fractions from specific yeast strains. The combination of Bactocell® and B-WYSETM contributes to improving the health status and performance parameters of the fry.

* Bactocell® is the only probiotic approved by the European Comission for inclusion in fish feed. The approval is based on extensive documentation of reduced occurrence of deformities across fish species.

**B-WYSETM: BioMar Whole Yeast Synergistic Extracts.

More about INTRO Plus MT

BioMar's Performance Concept

BioMar’s Performance Concept revolutionises feed performance and ensures that the choice of feed fulfils the farmer’s objectives.

Consistent Feed Performance

The Performance Concept is based on formulating feed for a consistent potential feed performance rather than basing the formulation of feed on fixed composition and fixed nutrient levels.

Our researchers and nutrition specialists have performed extensive research on fish needs and raw material properties, which led to the Performance Concept. We have been successfully using this concept for many years to ensure that all of our feeds indeed have consistent, predictable performance with solid documentation.

Based on the individual needs of fish species at each growth stage, the Performance Concept supplies the digestible energy needed for maintenance and the targeted growth performance and it delivers an adequate amount of digestible proteins with the right amino-acid profile in order to enable the fish to fully utilize its growth potential. Furthermore, feed based on the Performance Concept provides the vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients necessary for growth and development.

Benefits

The benefits of the Performance Concept are multifaceted. Feed formulated with the Performance Concept consistently provides excellent nutritional quality which matches the requirements of the fish. As a result, it helps farmers achieve the best possible economic performance on their fish farms.

Applying the Performance Concept reduces the dependency of individual raw materials, which results in more cost-effective feed. In addition, it allows the aquaculture industry to move towards sustainable use of raw materials and scarce resources. At the same time, we can optimize our use of the wide and growing range of raw materials.

Services

BioFarm

BioFarm - adding value to your business

Exploiting the growth potential of the farmed species used to be a bottleneck for profitable aquaculture activity. Today, our feeds are optimised to potentially deliver a feed performance that fully can exploit this potential. 

BioMar’s technical support systems and our BioFarm team provide guidance for appropriate nutrition and feeding strategies. BioFarm assists in regard to general health issues, disease prevention and recovery strategies and pays special attention to the challenges in production of larvae, fry, fingerlings, and smolt. BioFarm team members are specialised in farming technology, recirculation systems, water quality, and energy efficiency as well as sustainability, eco-efficiency analysis, life cycle analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Logistics

Logistics - Delivering the right feed to the right place on time

We always strive to live up to our reputation for delivering efficient logistics services and to deliver the right feed to the right place on time.

While doing so, we focus on minimising our environmental footprint. The world's first cargo ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been operated by BioMar since 2012 is only one example showing our ambition on reducing our environmental impact.