High on the 2018 agenda, is planning for a sustainable future. We discuss solutions on waste, plastic in oceans and the need for food increase – to mention a few.
The human population has increased considerably. As of end 2017, the world population reached 7.6 billion. According to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, by the end of 2030, it would reach 8.5 billion. In 2050, it is expected that the Earth's population would attain 10 billion. The growing world population puts a strain on human food production.
Oceans are part of the solution
Going forward, we look to the oceans for solutions. Due to being a good source of protein and omega-3, fish farming is one of the solutions to food production increase. The growth in aquaculture should be done with sustainability in mind, including feed options. The need for sustainable sourced marine ingredient has never been higher and customer preferences are leaning towards such options.
How krill can contribute
Antarctic krill (Euphasia superba) is one of the most abundant species on Earth and, at current levels, is one of the world’s underexploited marine stocks. It is an excellent source of proteins and lipids, and is a sustainable alternative, low in the food chain, used to replace fish meal in diets for marine species. Krill has also been proved to work very well in plant based diets due to its palatable qualities. It increases the quality of feeds, it is scientifically well documented - helping fish farming world over. Krill contributes to growth, health and filet quality of fish.
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Krill meal is certified as sustainable
By using krill in fish feed, one does not compromise the food for other species. Although krill is food for whales, penguins and many fishes, there is a scientific confidence that Antarctic krill is in no danger of over harvesting anytime in the near future. This is due to the many regulations in place to protect the ecosystem. The Antarctic krill biomass is under the management of an international organism of 25 countries called the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
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