The seaweed-based salmon feed would replace the use of synthetic-based feed in the industry. (Photo: Irish Seaweed Centre/ Stock File)
Seaweed feed will make organic farmed salmon a reality
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Thursday, April 08, 2010, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
Galway-based Ocean Harvest Technology announced on Tuesday its intent to begin commercially producing a new seaweed-derived salmon feed ingredient that will make possible the world's first organically raised farmed salmon.
OceanFeed’s development is being celebrated as a key breakthrough in product quality and environmental consciousness within the farmed salmon industry, currently worth a yearly EUR 6 billion.
The new feed is meant to take the place of the synthetic additives now used in commercial salmon feed. Extensive trials with farmed salmon have been conducted with some of the world’s leading salmon farm companies, and they have yielded excellent results regarding the health, taste and appearance of the salmon raised on OceanFeed.
Leading aquaculture feed producers have already been showing great interest across the globe. EWOS UK, a leading salmon feed producer, has already optioned the first year's production, according to Business World.
"The long term importance of aquaculture in helping to feed the world has always meant that sustainable solutions would need to be found,” said Ocean Harvest CEO Patrick Martin, Irish Examiner reports. "The belief is that OceanFeed will be a key ingredient in helping to make the industry more environmentally, as well as financially, sustainable."
OceanFeed is made with a proprietary blend of seaweeds harvested from waters around the world, but some of its key elements are sourced exclusively off the Irish coast. It is the first 100 per cent sustainable and organic marine sourced complete aquaculture feed formula.
Martin said Ocean Harvest is developing a firm in the West of Ireland that will eventually be able to supply salmon farms in Scotland, Norway and Chile.
Tuam, Galway, will see as many as 30 new jobs created as a result in June upon the the launch of production at Ocean Harvest’s plant.
Ocean Harvest Technology was founded by Irish born seafood expert Martin and Dr Stefan Kraan, a Dutch marine biologist who focuses on the commercial development of ocean resources and who formerly led the Irish Seaweed Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
"It was during research into the commercial application of seaweed derived products that the potential emerged for a sustainable ingredient in the salmon feed industry,” said Martin. "After many years of development, we moved from testing in small numbers to major ocean testing with some of the biggest players in the salmon market.”
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