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- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist


Skretting touts fishmeal-free salmon feed

Skretting has come out with salmon feeds that can be formulated completely free of fishmeal, while delivering equal performance in terms of fish growth and health, it claims.

The Nutreco-owned fish feed company claims the "breakthrough products", called MicroBalance FLX, are backed up by evidence from its Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC).

"Feeding the future is Nutreco's mission, and this breakthrough in raw material flexibility gives us the ability to provide a significant contribution to feeding the global population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050," said Jose Villalon, corporate sustainability director for Nutreco.

"Through our research, we have detailed evidence proving salmonids can be fed with feeds that are devoid of fishmeal. This is very important knowledge that we will utilize to give us even more flexibility with regards to the composition of our commercial feeds," said Leo Nankervis, team leader of salmonid nutrition at Skretting ARC.

"There is a finite amount of fishmeal available in the market. Therefore, in order for aquaculture to expand to offer a genuinely viable solution to the challenge of feeding a fast growing global population, it is essential that the fishmeal resource is used in the most efficient ways possible. Fishmeal availability will not limit the further expansion of the salmon farming industry," said Nankervis.

Although Skretting now has the knowledge and capability to produce fishmeal-free feeds, it does not mean that fishmeal will be eliminated from the products, said Skretting's global product manager of grower feeds, Sissel Susort.

"The fact that we can do it is the key point. We will work with our customers when and if they decide to use MicroBalance FLX feeds. In Europe, market acceptance to use animal protein is low, so we need to have good vegetable alternatives available," said Susort.

The arrival of MicroBalance FLX does not bring an end to Skretting's MicroBalance research.

"MicroBalance FLX is a major breakthrough in terms of salmon nutrition that will definitely help us to accelerate the development of MicroBalance for other species that are currently more dependent on fishmeal, for example shrimp, sea bass, turbot and other marine fish," said Alex Obach, managing director at Skretting ARC.

"But this is not the end of the road. We are on a mission. Becoming independent of fishmeal gives us the opportunity to explore alternative and novel raw materials that perhaps are not even considered in the spectrum of possibilities today. Can we produce fish in the future using resources without being in competition with foods for human consumption? We are curious, and we will keep searching," he said.

Source: Undercurrent News

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