Marine ingredients in fish feed

Verdikjede_fiskefor_engWe have a continuous dialogue with our feed suppliers in order to ensure that the feed is based on sustainable raw materials.

Why it is important to us

Feed is an important input in salmon production and largely contributes to the farming industry’s total impact on environment and society. It is important for us that all the input factors used in the feed are based on raw material from sustainable sources, and that the manufacturing is based on good ethical principles. It is positive that major players in the industry take sustainability seriously, and as a consequence we see a very good development within the industry. Fish feed has traditionally been based on fishmeal and fish oil from wild fish, and the control of the various fisheries has been of mixed quality.  One focus area for the industry has therefore been using marine raw materials in a sustainable way.

Especially important is the proportion of wild fish used. An increasing number of fisheries have made an effort and improved the balance between recruitment in stocks and catches, while the marine content in salmon feed has been significantly reduced. It is also encouraging that more and more of the marine raw materials come from both by-products from processing products and by-catches. The most important consideration now is the balance between marine oils in the feed and Omega 3 levels in fish, and to ensure that land-based raw materials are also produced in a sustainable way.

Our main principles

We will focus on the use of sustainable feeds in all our regions and sites, both in terms of marine and land produce. We will ensure that we use fishmeal and fish oil from suppliers with full traceability control of the catches they use. We will continue to assess the use of alternative feed and more sustainable ingredients. Raw materials from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU-fishing) shall not occur in the fish feed.

Our efforts and results

In 2015 Grieg Seafood have worked for a more sustainable composition of fish feed. An important part of the efforts to achieve this is the cooperation we have with the other players in the industry, including through our involvement in GSI to encourage the feed producers to increase their focus on sustainable ingredients. We encourage our suppliers to participate in the International Fishmeal and Fish oil Organisation’s (IFFO) efforts for a standard for responsible resource use (IFFO “responsible sourcing”). ASC has developed a standard for sustainable feed and we work systematically to meet the requirements of this standard. We have already achieved this in terms of the relationship between the amounts of wild fish needed to produce one kilogram of farmed fish. See Table 4 for results for the amount of wild fish needed to produce fishmeal and fish oil to for one kilogram farmed salmon.

Tabell_fiskefor_ENGOur ambitions and goals

We work to ensure that out feed suppliers only produce feed with sustainable ingredients. We aim to meet the ASC standard’s requirements for the use of marine proteins and marine oils in our feed. We will continue to cooperate with the other players in the industry, through our involvement in GSI, to influence the feed producers to have an increased focus on sustainable ingredients.