Evergreen Feed Industry wins F3 Challenge promoting fish-free aquatic feeds By Meredith Brooks, Staff Editor, Aquafeed.com
One of the major challenges -and opportunities -- facing the aquaculture industry today is the sustainable production of aquatic feeds. More than just a buzzword, sustainability has become an important component to aquaculture development across the globe, with major aquatic feed and supplement companies producing comprehensive annual reports to demonstrate the responsibility of their supply chain. In an effort to promote further innovation in seafoodfree and seafood-reduced aquaculture feeds, organizers launched the F3 (Fish-Free Feed) Challenge in May 2016. The Challenge has now come to a close, and Guangdong Evergreen Feed Industry Co., Ltd has been named the winner.
F3 Challenge team presents award check to Guangdong Evergreen Feed Co.
“We are pleased to award Evergreen Feed Industry the F3 prize to acknowledge its hard work and dedication to the widespread adoption of fishfree feed,” said University of Arizona Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons, a judge of the challenge and former president of the World Aquaculture Society. “Thanks to the great effort and commitment made by all the contestants, I’ve seen more progress made over the past 18 months to advance fishmeal alternatives than over the last five years.”
Dr. Fitzimmons presented the $200,100 grand prize to Evergreen on October 4, 2017 at the GOAL conference in Ireland. The goal of the pioneering Challenge was to reduce the demand of wild-caught stocks by accelerating the availability of cost-competitive, viable seafood-free options. It is well known that wild fish stocks across the world are in decline. Seven of the world’s top ten fisheries (by volume) target forage or low trophic level fish, 90 percent of which are processed into fish meal and fish oil used