The future is algae!

 

Huon was proud to be part of primary feed supplier, BioMar’s, recent launch of its dedicated algal oil facility at its Wesley Vale mill in NW Tasmania; a significant sustainability milestone in the evolution of salmon feed.

AlgalPrimeDHA™ is the result of collaboration between Corbion, global leader in algae-based food ingredients and BioMar, leading innovator in sustainable aquafeeds and is grown in closed fermentation tanks from sugar cane waste and has a low carbon, water and land footprint.

Huon CEO, Phil Wiese congratulated BioMar on its investment in the innovative feed ingredient that reduces the amount of fish oil used in Huon Salmon feed without compromising fish health or omega-3 levels.

“Huon began utilising AlgalPrimeDHA™ in our feed in August 2021 and we have been pleased with the results.

“The addition of algal oil has not impacted the nutritional composition of Huon Salmon nor affected fish health, so we are confident it will remain an important sustainable component in the diet of Tasmanian salmon for years to come.

BioMar Managing Director, David Whyte, said R&D began on algal-based ingredients at BioMar nearly a decade ago, with extensive internal and external research projects conducted.

“AlgalPrimeDHA™ serves as a substitute for fish oil in BioMar’s feed, relieving pressure on wild fish stocks by going straight to the original source of omega 3 in the oceans, the algae. The fact that the algae we use is grown on sugar cane waste is a circular win-win too”.

“This is key for future aquafeed production; increasing the amount of fish that can be farmed without increasing pressure on marine resources and while maintaining the desired amount of omega-3.

AlgalPrimeDHA™ will revolutionalise the aquafeed industry.

“We have now successfully broken the link between fish oil from wild fish stocks in aquafeed production. This means we can continue to increase production to support Australia’s growing aquaculture industry, while using less wild fish ingredients in our feed”.

Mr Wiese said that Huon had been working with its feed partners for some time on the development of a fish oil and fish meal substitute.

“We have reduced the amount of combined fish oil/meal from 30 per cent in 2017 down to 20 per cent composition in 2021, and we believe the inclusion of AlgalPrimeDHA™ in our feed will generate further reductions which is another positive step towards improving the sustainability of our operations.

  • Photo credit: The Advocate

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