An industry in constant development

Aquaculture is the fastest growing industry of all major food production sectors*. Over the past 20 years, the aquaculture industry has evolved drastically with the contributions of innovative, ever-more sustainable fish feeds.

State-of-the-art technology, innovative feed ingredients and extensive Research and Development efforts have made the industry more sustainable than ever. Take the following three examples: 

  • The raw materials used in fish feed production has evolved greatly over the last 20 years. Back in the 90’s fish meal and fish oil dominated the feed recipes. Thanks to technological breakthroughs, innovative ingredients, and research and development efforts of the aquaculture industry, feed recipes are now formulated without dependency on scarce marine stocks and without compromising the nutritional needs of the fish.

 

 

  • Fish feed contains Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P), which are essential ingredients for fish to grow. Too much nitrogen and phosphorus contribute to the degradation of water quality. Today, aquaculture’s contribution to the total nitrogen and phosphorus discharge is very small. Here is an example from Danish waters.

 

 

 

  • Feed conversion ratio (FCR) is a commonly used performance indicator in fish farming and other types of animal husbandry that measures the ratio of inputs to outputs. A low FCR results in lower nitrogen and phosphorus discharge, better water quality and less impact on the environment. Today’s technology and knowledge enable the optimisation of fish feed and minimise FCR without compromising the nutritional needs of the fish and the farming objectives. 

 

 

BioMar strives to deliver upon a selected number of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read more: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/