Algae-based omega-3 boosts sustainability

AlgaPrime DHA is a sustainable source of omega-3 for fish feed Photo: Corbion AlgaPrime DHA is a sustainable source of omega-3 for fish feed Photo: Corbion

AlgaPrime DHA, an algae-based food manufactured by Corbion, has been successfully trialled in shrimp feed produced by Thai Union Group.

AlgaPrime DHA is a sustainably produced, algae-based source of long-chain omega-3s which helps improve omega-3 traceability and reduces the fish-in fish-out ratio of farmed seafood.

"Our new opportunity with Thai Union demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability," said Chris Haacke, global aquaculture lead at Corbion. "Shrimp farming is one of the fastest growing sectors in the aquaculture industry, and AlgaPrime DHA has the potential to offer shrimp farmers assurance in traceability and sustainability of their feed, while also allowing them to add beneficial omega-3s to their product."

Shrimp farming currently consumes approximately 100,000 tonnes of fish oil annually, predominantly because fish oil contains DHA, a key ingredient in shrimp growth and development. Global demand for omega-3s is growing rapidly but the availability of omega-3s from their current source – wild caught fish – is limited.

Since 2016, Corbion has been producing AlgaPrime DHA at a large industrial scale to meet the needs of the aquaculture industry. Developed to reduce dependency on marine fisheries and provide a new source of long-chain omega-3s AlgaPrime DHA is produced through fermentation with non-GM cane sugar and contains approximately three times the level of DHA of fish oil.

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