Commercial production of algal-oil-fed salmon begins

Liza Mayer
February 01, 2019
By Liza Mayer
Since October 2018, Norwegian salmon farmer Lingalaks has been feeding half of its salmon production a diet produced by Skretting that includes omega-3 EPA + DHA algal oil derived from marine algae.
Since October 2018, Norwegian salmon farmer Lingalaks has been feeding half of its salmon production a diet produced by Skretting that includes omega-3 EPA + DHA algal oil derived from marine algae. Photo courtesy//Lingalaks
The quest to make salmon aquaculture more sustainable has gotten a boost from an innovative feed that uses Omega-3 fatty acid products derived from natural marine algae.

Norwegian salmon farmer Lingalaks says it is the first company to feed its Atlantic salmon with this feed. The algal oil replaces fish oil, making it more sustainable, and allows the company to differentiate itself and its products from the rest, it said.

“Omega-3 EPA + DHA from natural marine algae allows us to produce healthier and better salmon. It also gives us the unique opportunity to differentiate our company within a competitive market. Our courage to pioneer a new and more sustainable production method using algal oil resonated well with our philosophy,” says Lingalaks owner Erlend Haugarvoll.

He added: “By being the early adopter of this new technology, we found partners along the seafood value chain who supported us in realizing our vision of superior, sustainable salmon quality and finding new outlets for it.”

Those “partners” are Skretting, which produced the feed; Veramaris, which produced the omega-3 EPA + DHA algal oil from natural marine algae; and German retailer Kaufland, which will retail the salmon locally this year.

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