British retailer Tesco PLC is updating its salmon standards with the intention of reducing the amount of wild-caught fish that is fed to salmon in aquaculture. Through their new salmon standard, Tesco is encouraging salmon suppliers to incorporate the use of more sustainable feed ingredients like natural marine algal oil rich in omega-3 EPA and DHA.
Tesco’s is the world’s third largest retailer, owning 3400 stores worldwide. Due to the size of the organisation it’s decisions often influence consumers and other retailers. The introduction of higher salmon standards illustrates the company’s commitment to implementing sustainability measures. “The development of sustainable aquaculture is essential for the future of humanity’s food security. Appropriate species, environment-friendly techniques, and sustainable feed supplies, such as algal oil, are surely the way ahead”, says Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.
Veramaris applauds Tesco’s move to strengthen their sustainability profile in the seafood sector. Veramaris has a waste-free algal EPA+DHA omega-3 production facility in Blair, Nebraska, USA up and running, and is ready to support the seafood industry’s increasing efforts for improved sustainability and healthy nutrition with its natural marine algae oil rich in the essential omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids.
“Value chain collaboration and a forward-thinking mindset are key to implementing sustainable breakthrough technologies, such as omega-3 EPA and DHA rich algal oil. Tesco sets an example as a prime agent of change, helping to provide consumers with healthy and sustainable choices. We are proud that algal oil rich in both omega 3 EPA & DHA in salmon feed contributes to a sustainable salmon that also supports both brain and heart health of the entire family”, stated Karim Kurmaly, CEO of Veramaris.