Loch Duart becomes first salmon producer in UK to choose BioMar’s “Blue Impact” feed
Scourie, Scotland-based Loch Duart announced it is now using BioMar’s “Blue Impact” product, making it the first salmon company in the U.K. to switch to the aquafeed since the company debuted it last year.
Blue Impact is the company’s flagship diet for sustainability using distinct parameters based on the company’s “BioSustain” concept, according to BioMar U.K. Business Unit Director Robert Wilson. BioMar established BioSustain in 2007 during Seafood Expo Global, and has since created a sustainability tool highlighting the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of its various products.
According to BioMar, the Blue Impact brand is centered around reduced carbon emissions, restorative or circular raw materials, and minimization of ingredients derived from wild fish stocks.
Loch Duart Managing Director Mark Warrington said his company chose the feed based on BioMar’s approach to sustainability and Blue Impact’s efforts to address those challenges.
“At Loch Duart, we are serious about reducing our impact on the planet because it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “With this switch in feed, we will take another major step in the right direction while further improving the health and quality of our unrivalled Scottish salmon.”
Loch Duart Sales Director Chris Orr said the new feed will allow the company to reduce its carbon footprint and manage its dependence on wild-caught feed sources. According to the company, the new feed further reduces the carbon footprint of its feed to below two kilograms of CO2 per kilogram of product, compared to the standard average for the salmon industry of 3.5 kilograms.
The feed will also reduce the company fish forage dependency ratio to 0.7, half of the current average levels for standard farmed salmon, according to Loch Duart, while still maintaining omega-3 levels.
“This increases the sustainability of how we raise our salmon without compromising the taste, texture, or high omega-3 levels that our customers love, and Loch Duart is famous for,” Orr said.
BioMar reported a 21 percent increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2023.
Photo courtesy of Loch Duart