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Micro matters partner to help drive the penetration of AlgaPrime DHA into the salmonid industry so we went out and researched the major players in the industry and decided that BioMar by far was the key strategic partner for us, that shared our aspirations for bringing new sources of omega-3 to the industry. They take our product and incorporate it into their salmon feed formulation with a number of other ingredients. Miguel: We have a developing relationship that allows us to sell to them and eventually to sell to others through other agreements. BioMar is using it in feeds with specific farmers. How has the product been received? Walt: We’ve had very positive feedback about how well the product has been received, from both a sustainability aspect as well as an enhanced nutrition aspect. Work done at the University of Stirling showed that omega-3 levels in farmed salmon have dropped off considerably over the last five to ten years as the industry has had to make do with a static supply of fish oil and an ever increasing demand. We’re introducing, at a relevant scale, a new source of omega-3 that can help with this falling off of levels in farmed salmon. You claim your product could completely replace marine ingredients and fish would still get the same levels of omega-3? Walt: We can deliver omega-3 from our product in the same way that marine products like fishmeal and fish oil deliver omega-3. We look at this as a complementary product to what’s already out there because the industry is expanding and it needs more new sources of omega-3. Some alternative ingredients people say they look forward to the day of zero fish in feed. Do you? Miguel: There are sustainable fishmeal and fish oil products being made today and this industry is going to be around for a very, very long time. Trying to take a whole industry out doesn’t sound very achievable. But we have to reduce the pressure on the resources and that’s what we’re trying to do. Walt: There are people experimenting with the idea of using the algal

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Fish Farmer Magazine january 2017  

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