We are changing our feed for a future 

Sustainable aquaculture is not just about the fish 

For us there are no leftovers  

Omega 3 should be harvested and cultured

CEO (content)

A Message from our CEO

When writing this message, we are in the middle of a global pandemic which is affecting all of us, and my thoughts go to all who are experiencing tough times and personal losses. 

Being an aqua feed producer, we feel a commitment towards keeping our factories running, as food is critical to society. While assuming this responsibility, we must maintain our strong focus on people safety while working closely with local authorities and customers. With strict protocols and an incredible dedication by our teams, we are succeeding with this throughout our markets.

We will overcome this challenge, but the way of living may be changed forever. The challenges have already initiated reflections and innovations, and organisations that react fast, with agility will succeed. The speed of change will be faster than ever, and the big task will be to prepare and plan for The New Normal. In BioMar we believe, more than ever, that we need to focus on innovation, R&D and sustainability. Our ability to ensure traceability, transparency and flexibility will be essential. We are in it for the long run, and besides our growth plans, we need to continue investing in our customers’ possibility to succeed in a changing world.

Carlos Diaz, Chief Executive Officer, BioMar Group

Decade of the Oceans

"We are entering the Decade of the Oceans, as stated by the UN. Oceans are vital for all life and for aquaculture and it is expected that BioMar will lead ocean-based climate action within our industry"

The United Nations Goals

UN SUSTAINABILITY GOALS (content)

Addressing the UN SDGs

Sustainable businesses operate in healthy, resilient societies. This is the logic that connects business objectives with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The UN SDGs have been shaped primarily for country-level adoption, but the goals can and should be adapted at company level. 

For companies with less mature sustainability strategies the SDGs offers a great opportunity to use a meaningful framework to move forwards. For the more mature organisations it is about working out how the current strategy and activity addresses and overlaps with the SDGs, then working out whether the gaps should or could be filled.

Together with DNV GL BioMar has mapped our current strategy and activities against the SDGs and aligned our already established measurement criteria and focus areas with the SDGs we identified as most relevant to us.

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BioMar Sustainability Report 2019 

Here you can download the full report. Please fell free to share the content of the report and reach out to us if you have any questions. 

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Sustainability commitment

Commitment (content)

BioMar’s products and services seek to improve four essential aspects in aquaculture production: fish health, growth performance, production economy, and environmental impact.

We commit to public transparency of our activities through annual disclosures in our BioMar Group Sustainability Report. In addition, an essential part of our sustainability programme is to minimize sustainability risks and support value chain sustainability ventures by means of BioSustain™.

 

Aquaculture without the guilt

Water and waste management 

To ensure a future we must be responsible with our planets resources. Nothing should go to waste. We utilise high quality byproducts to create sustainable feed. 

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Sustainability KPI

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Our Sustainability KPIs

As a responsible global player, BioMar has identified several global KPIs in accordance with our materiality assessment. With these challenging metrics and goals, we seek to strengthen the sustainable development of our activities and improve the sustainability of the aquaculture value chain.

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Sustainable Raw Materials

Kelp/Algae (Omega)

Our oceans are fully exploited. We can’t keep doing things the same way and expecting change to happen. We harvest from well-managed fish stocks and have chosen technologies that create natural omega-3s. This way, we create innovative feeds for clever aquaculture.

Fish Meal & Oil used in 2019

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BioMar achieves a 5 year average Fish In:Fish Out ratio of below 1:1

High use of trimmings and the use of novel ingredients has enabled BioMar Group to achieve a five-year average of 1:1 or below Forage Fish Dependency Ratio for its raw material usage. This is one of many findings revealed in its Integrated Sustainability Report for 2019, released today.

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Harmonizing LCA data in feed production: Soy as a case study

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a data intensive tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of products and services. Despite data access being essential for performing high quality assessments, robust and complete LCA datasets are in short supply even for key aquafeed ingredients, such as soy.

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Driving Ocean-Based Climate Action for Aquaculture

At BioMar, we are willing and able to do our part for a sustainable future for us all. It will not be easy, but we are determined to continue driving sustainable change in aquaculture.

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Authenticity of Marine Products

While BioMar continues to transform aquaculture feeds with innovative new nutrient sources, there still remains no perfect substitute to marine ingredients. Fish oil and fishmeal are excellent nutrients and although we do source certified marine products, we do believe validation is essential in building stakeholder trust.

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Water and Waste Management

Globally, drinking water is a very scarce but a vital resource. Even though this is not a problem in most areas where BioMar operates, we do affect the consumption of this scarce resource by purchasing raw materials that are responsible for considerable water consumption in the countries of origin. These countries are often in areas where water shortage is critical. We address this by sourcing raw materials with respect to international guidelines and certification schemes, in which responsible use of water has a high priority.

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Alpha to Omega 3 - Securing EPA & DHA supply

Marine omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are an essential part of healthy diets for both humans and fish. The growth in global aquaculture has increased the demand for EPA and DHA to levels where supply can no longer meet demand. Developing new sources and avoiding waste can help.

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Sustainable Raw Materials - traced back to their source of origin

BioMar makes ongoing assessments of precisely which purchasing criteria are necessary to ensure and document that raw materials associated with special sustainability issues are responsibly sourced. Purchases of marine raw materials, soybean and palm products are subject to specific requirements. BioMar keeps track of the percentage of marine raw material deliveries originating from FAO COC approved fisheries, for example, IFFO RS, MSC or equivalent. BioMar keeps track of the percentage of marine raw material deliveries originating from FAO COC approved fisheries, for example, IFFO RS, MSC or equivalent.

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BioMar feed bags recycled into a playground

At the beginning of 2019 BioMar Ecuador launched a recycling feed bag campaign called "Bags filled with ...". In Ecuador recycling is a relatively new idea and normally most empty feed bags are discarded ending up in landfill and potentially contaminating the environment.

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Top feed supplier spot for BioMar in Seafood Stewardship Index ranking - but still room for improvement

BioMar Group was founded on the concept of developing sustainable aquaculture feed for the industry and decades later it remains a core pillar of the company. This month BioMar achieved the highest-ranking feed supplier in the first ever Seafood Stewardship Index from the World Benchmarking Alliances.

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From Particleboard to Feed

In BioMar we believe that nothing should go to waste, if it can safely be reused. In 2017, BioMar decided to re-purpose a closed, former particleboard manufacturing mill in Tasmania and turn it into a state-of-the-art aquaculture feed facility.

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BioMar brings feed transparency into the hands of seafood shoppers

Three years in the making and unlike any transparency tool in the seafood industry, BioMar announces Discover, the latest tool from our BioSustain programme, in the launch of our 2018 Sustainability Report. The report showcasing BioMar’s continuous focus on driving sustainable initiatives across the aquaculture industry and throughout the value chain and now right into the hands of the consumer.

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BioMar eliminates cataracts in lumpfish with a new feed diet

Cataracts are unfortunately a common eye condition in lumpfish affecting at least 60% and as much 100% of fish with the average condition being a severe cataract level of >5 according to a recent study by BioMar. It also showed that the prevalence and severity increased with fish size. BioMar has now solved the challenges associated with diet-related cataracts in lumpfish with the launch of a new Symbio recipe. These Lumpfish Grower products will make a significant contribution to improving fish welfare and their lice-grazing efficiency.

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BioMar is creating solutions targeted towards consumers

BioMar has completed the testing of insect meal in feeds for aquaculture and believe it shows promise as an alternative protein source. This is one among many other novel ingredients like algae oil or single cell proteins that BioMar has been investigating. BioMar believes these raw materials can address some of the needs of the market and are now eager to speed up their adoption through the creation of innovative feed solutions targeting the needs of seafood consumers.

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Fish farming provides prospects for the future of children

BioMar helps African children in orphanages in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to learn about the benefits of eating fresh fish and the different career opportunities that the aquaculture industry can offer.

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Connecting Cultural Roots

Diverse societies stay connected to cultural roots while embracing new cultures. In BioMar we help facilitate community activities in and around our production facilities.

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Algae as a replacement for marine resources is gaining market acceptance

Growing Adoption of AlgaPrime™ DHA is Improving Omega-3 Content of Farmed Fish and Accelerating Sustainable Aquaculture. BioMar Has Produced and Sold Over 350,000 Tons of Feed Containing AlgaPrime™ DHA in Norway Over the Past Two Years.

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BioMar works with farmers to create a premium shrimp

BioMar has identified a market opportunity for a premium, sustainable shrimp product. They announced this week in connection with the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual conference, GOAL, that they will be collaborating with shrimp farmers in Ecuador to bring this sustainable innovative product in to reality.

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Boosting the aquaculture business to the next level

A new innovative software tool for targeting an improved environmental footprint and optimising processes in fish farming may soon be able to boost the aquaculture business to a new level. This is the aim of a new project launch by leaders in aquaculture innovation in Denmark that combines a higher degree of knowledge sharing, better research and optimized production follow up.

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TARS 2018 - Shrimp Aquaculture

With BioMar as industry partner, TARS 2018 was held from the 15th to 16th of August, two days with a comprehensive agenda with the theme “Shrimp Aquaculture: Need for Change.

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BioMar supports industry moves for changes in Antarctic krill harvesting suggested by Greenpeace

Representatives from the seafood industry, including BioMar, and conservation groups have agreed to support the creation of marine protected areas, including large no-fishing zones in the Antarctic. The Greenpeace led retailer roundtable event was held in conjunction with their Antarctic 360 event in Cambridge, UK, attended by scientists and Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, who joined Greenpeace’s expedition to the Antarctic in January 2018.

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