Loch Duart, the small-scale, low-impact salmon farm based in Northwest Scotland, has furthered its commitment to raising the best-tasting salmon with the lowest possible impact on the environment by switching to global aqua feed producer BioMar’s new Blue Impact diet. Loch Duart is the first salmon producer to use the Blue Impact feed, launched by BioMar last year.
“BioMar’s holistic approach to sustainability, with Blue Impact addressing multiple sustainability challenges in the industry, is a key driver for us switching to this diet,” Mark Warrington, Managing Director of Loch Duart, said. “At Loch Duart, we are serious about reducing our impact on the planet because it’s the right thing to do. 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 salmon are as close to wild as you’ll find in the market, and we firmly believe in feeding our fish what they naturally want to eat: a diet high in marine content,” Chris Orr, Sales Director at Loch Duart, said. “We also believe this diet should not come at the expense of the environment. BioMar’s Blue Impact will not only reduce our carbon footprint but will help reduce the Fish Forage Dependency Ratio by increasing the use of circular ingredients and responsibly managing the world’s resources. 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.”
“Blue Impact is our flagship diet dedicated to sustainability,” Robert Wilson, Business Unit Director at BioMar UK, said. “We have defined distinct sustainability parameters based on our BioSustain programme to measure the sustainability of this diet and we will continue to implement improvements year-on-year to ensure sustainable development to transform aquaculture. We are looking forward to starting this sustainability journey with Loch Duart and constantly challenging each other to find new and innovative ways to improve the sustainability of the entire value chain.”
Blue Impact, BioMar’s global brand dedicated to sustainability and driving continuous change in aquaculture, is centred around aqua feeds lowering carbon emissions, utilising more circular and restorative raw materials, and minimising ingredients derived from wild fish stocks.
The new Blue Impact feed means Loch Duart salmon can further improve its quality and sustainability through: Further Carbon footprint reduction (which is currently now below 2kg CO” eg/kg compared to the average 3.5kg CO2 eg/kg of standard farmed salmon), managing scarce resources and high Omega-3 levels.
BioMar uses applied, science-based sustainability methods to select low impact ingredients to progressively transform aquaculture. Novel ingredients with a sustainable profile will be first included in Blue Impact feeds. Blue Impact is not only a diet, but also a journey that must see continued improvements in its sustainability parameters, every year.