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Cermaq to trial algal oil in salmon feeds

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Cermaq Canada has agreed to trial a salmon feed that contains algal oil made by Veramaris across several of its farms in British Columbia.

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Salmon feeds containing algal oil will be deployed in Canada for the first time in May

Veramaris' algal oil is already in aquafeeds used in Chile, Norway and Ecuador

The algal oil, which has been incorporated into some of Cargill’s aquaculture feeds, was developed by Veramaris in a bid to reduce the need for marine fish oils.

“Testing Veramaris algal oil in our salmon feed is a significant step towards supporting our fish health, product quality and sustainability goals while reducing our dependence on marine resources. As partners in innovation, the move is the latest benefit of our collaboration with Cargill’s Aqua Nutrition business,” said German Campos of Cermaq Canada in a press release.

Veramaris has recently achieved a significant milestone, completing a rigorous three-year process with Canadian regulators and obtaining its first market authorisation in March 2024. This regulatory approval is a crucial step forward for Canadian aquaculture, affirming the safety and compliance of Veramaris' ASC-MSC-certified algal oil, which is rich in omega-3 EPA and DHA, essential nutrients for the health of farm-raised salmon and consumers of the resulting seafood.

“By leveraging the experience of the use of Veramaris algal oil across Cermaq, we look forward to conducting the sea trials and learning more about how we can incorporate this exciting alternative to marine fish oils into our nutritional strategies. Implementing these innovative solutions demonstrates how quickly the aquaculture industry in Canada can move to adopt new techniques,” said David Kiemele, managing director of Cermaq Canada. “Our company is proud to be one of the first movers in this space in Canada.”

The feeding period will begin in May and focus on introducing the new feed to salmon close to harvest size.

“Cargill is excited to collaborate with our valued partners Cermaq and Veramaris to introduce a new novel ingredient in the Canadian aquaculture market. As we move forward on this sustainability journey for our customers, it is critical we provide alternatives in biodiversity for the feed industry to progress into the future of aquaculture.” said Isaac Yun, country director at Cargill Aqua Nutrition.

Veramaris notes that its algal oil is produced in Blair, Nebraska, and offers a regional solution to North American aquaculture producers who are seeking more sustainable, alternative sources of omega-3.

“Farmers in Chile, Norway, and Ecuador have been successfully using Veramaris natural marine algal oil in their feed for years now. With the recent registration in Canada, we are pleased to see farmers adopting it in salmon feed there,” said Jorge Torres Lagreze, business development Americas at Veramaris.

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