Infinity - sustainable aquafeed to meet the global needs
Full flexibility - same performance
Aquaculture production will need to more than double between now and 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population. At the same time, we need to reduce the pressure put on the planet’s resources. How can we grow sustainably? Basically, we need to produce more from less. That’s where MicroBalance® enters the scene.
MicroBalance®: an innovation in aquafeed production
Using technology that is based upon our latest understanding of essential micronutrients and how they interact with fish and shrimp, MicroBalance® allows us to replace one feed raw material with another without impacting performance, welfare or end-product quality.
Crucially, this innovation, which is the result of several years' research conducted by the Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC), enables us to produce feeds with much lower fishmeal content across several major species.
At a time when raw material prices are highly volatile, the raw material flexibility of MicroBalance® presents a major advantage over traditional aquafeeds. It reduces the aquaculture industry's dependence on raw materials that become too expensive by replacing them with less costly alternatives that maintain the same nutritional values. This unprecedented raw material flexibility ensures we supply aquaculture diets that are both more economically viable and sustainable.
Microbalance® FLX is about the right nutrients, not specific raw materials
Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) has devoted significant resources over the past three decades to exploring the potential for alternative raw materials to replace traditional marine-based feed components, while ensuring the final fish and shrimp products retain the eating and nutritional qualities that consumers expect. Aligned with this ambition, one of our biggest sustainability objectives has been to develop the capability to become independent of fishmeal. Launched in 2016, MicroBalance FLX is the biggest breakthrough in this work to date.
Because salmon require specific nutrients, not particular raw materials, it is just as straightforward for fish farmers to produce fish of identical growth, health and quality with a low fishmeal diet as it is with a standard diet.
More salmon for less - sustainably
Through the unique technology in MicroBalance FLX, traditional feed ingredients are interchangeable, providing unprecedented formulation flexibility and enabling salmon farmers to produce more from less in a sustainable way.
“The arrival of MicroBalance FLX and becoming independent of fishmeal is a major breakthrough for the salmon sector and the aquaculture industry as a whole. Making a finite resource like fishmeal interchangeable – just like any other raw material – is crucial progress. However, FLX does not bring an end to Skretting ARC’s MicroBalance research. Quite the contrary, it is providing the platform to explore more alternative and novel raw materials for application with many more commercially farmed species with a view to progress the sustainable growth of the global aquaculture sector further,” says Ronald Barlow, Skretting Chile’s General Manager.
After its launch in Chile, several salmon producers decided to use Premium FLX as part of their productive strategy. As a result, in 2016 alone, we dispatched significant volumes of FLX-based feeds formulated without fishmeal, equating to the diet of more than 7 million salmonids.
Test results in salmon production
At the same time, Skretting Chile conducted a benchmarking study with Marine Harvest comparing our Premium diet (5% fishmeal) with Premium FLX (0% fishmeal) at a seawater farm site growing out Atlantic salmon. Results found no difference in salmon growth, size and feed conversion or in the final product quality, fat content and pigmentation.
“Having greater flexibility in the diets allows us to improve production efficiency in terms of the cost per kg salmon produced. This provides valuable support to sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry, as we no longer depend on specific raw materials such as fishmeal to produce a safe, healthy and tasty salmon product” says Bente Torstensen, Marine Harvest’s Group Manager, Feed & Fish Performance.
MicroBalance FLX is an innovative concept in sustainability that can be applied to all Skretting feed products. It is a formula that allows us to regulate the amount of fishmeal, or other ingredients, without compromising on the nutritional value of the feed.
Raw material freedom gives us:
Delivering total performance through optimised growth and health in a sustainable way.
MicroBalance FLX has been made possible through progressive and extensive research at
Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC).
As the population grows, so does the demand for seafood. Per capita consumption has doubled
from the 1960s until now. This rapid expansion could increase pressure on wild fish resources,
which have been a major source of vital nutrients in aquafeeds. After years of research at
Skretting ARC, we are now able to produce fish meal-free diets.