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BioMar helps China step up trout feed sustainability

18 June 2019, at 4:33pm

BioMar has signed an agreement with Minze Long Yang Xia, the largest trout farmer in China, to supply high performance fish feed with almost half the environmental footprint compared to local Chinese feed.

The deal was signed in BioMar Brande Denmark, witnessed by a Chinese delegation led by Yan Jinhai, the Vice Governor of The Peoples Government of Qinghai Province.

A trout farm operated by Long Yang Xia in China
A trout farm operated by Long Yang Xia in China

Over the last two years BioMar’s BioFarm teams in China and Denmark have been collaborating closely with Long Yang Xia conducting onsite feed trials that consider the daily conditions of the water and the fish.

This has led to the formulation of a diet that, according to a press release from BioMar, “considered the parameters of growth performance and fish welfare while limiting the discharge of nitrogen and phosphorous into the local ecosystem”.

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“Our extensive knowledge on nutritional requirements of trout as well as a strict selection of raw materials according to their characteristics and contribution to sustainability impacts, have together made it possible to discover an optimal feed recipe and feeding strategy. Through the onsite trials we have been able to demonstrate a better total performance,” said Carlos Diaz, CEO, BioMar Group.

A delegation led by Yan Jinhai, the Vice Governor of The Peoples Government of Qinghai Province witnessed the deal being signed in Denmark
A delegation led by Yan Jinhai, the Vice Governor of The Peoples Government of Qinghai Province witnessed the deal being signed in Denmark

Creating a low impact feed recipe by varying the ingredients plays a crucial role in reducing a farmer’s overall environmental footprint. That is because aquaculture feed traditional is responsible for up to 80 percent of the environmental impact of rising fish, as feed ingredients and production operations account for most of the mass energy flows in the value chain.

The Chinese government is rolling out a new guideline to accelerate green development of its aquaculture industry, which outlines a set of policies to reduce fish farmers’ overall environmental footprint and promote transformation of the industry.

“The importance to our environment for protecting ecosystems can’t be underestimated. Long Yang Xia is leading the way in the Chinese market by significantly reducing their environmental footprint with a diet created by BioMar that delivers on growth performance but is also considerate to the local ecosystem”, said Diaz.

Long Yang Xia is a green pioneer in China and BioMar expects that other farmers in the Chinese market will look to more sustainable feed solutions as the Chinese government implements their new initiative.