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How We Feed Our Salmon

First-class Norwegian salmon require the right building blocks to grow large, and research into the best feed is constantly being conducted. Read on to learn more about what our salmon eat.

Lerøy salmon are known for their high quality and excellent flavour, and as result of growing popularity, tonnes of salmon are exported to restaurants and kitchens all over the world every single day. The same salmon can also be found in your local grocery store.

The ingredients in the feed we give the salmon are carefully selected, and the composition is under constant development. Currently, vegetal ingredients comprise around 70 percent of the feed, while approximately 30 percent come from marine ingredients such as fish meal and fish oil.

We continuously research our fish feed, and are working to find new, sustainable raw materials that are harvested as far down the ecosystem chain as possible.

Our fish feed

The primary ingredients in our salmon feed are fish meal, soy protein, fish oil and canola oil. We use only non-GMO soy. It is manufactured sustainably and deforestation-free, and is also certified by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS).

The First to Use New Ingredients

We were among the first companies to use algae oil, insect meal and the camelina plant, and we also use a great deal of krill meal. Finding new raw materials for use in feed certainly has a purpose. At the same time, criteria such as sustainability, price, nutritional characteristics and availability must of course be taken into account before they can be put to use.


Our Policies and Agreements Regarding Feed:

Suppliers and Subcontractors

  • The feed producer shall develop specifications, procedures and ethical guidelines which are to be directed to each individual supplier and subcontractor.
  • The feed company is responsible for ensuring that the subcontractors (if any) fulfil the same requirements as the suppliers.
  • The feed company shall obtain signed declarations from suppliers and subcontractors confirming that the compiled specifications, procedures and guidelines are being followed.

Raw Materials

  • All traceability data for raw materials shall be transferred to Lerøy Seafood Group (LSG).
  • Data about species, origin and certification shall have a maximum time lag of one month.
  • The feed supplier shall advise LSG of the type of certification that applies to the raw material in question, so that it can be adapted for registration.

Marine Raw Materials:

  • All raw materials shall be sourced from regulated fishing, wherein the individual species is regulated in accordance with the regulations of national and international authorities.
  • These shall also come from quotas provided in accordance with scientific recommendations from internationally recognised research environments.
  • None of the species may originate from species on the United Nations list of endangered species, nor from those that are classified as ‘critically endangered’ or ‘endangered’ on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • MSC sets the standard for sustainable fishing and traceability, and the amount of MSC-certified raw materials used in the feed shall increase from year to year.

Vegetal Raw Materials:

  • All vegetal raw materials shall be derived from production that occurs on land areas that have been sustainably acquired for the purposes of this production. This excludes, for example, the burning down or razing of rainforest and mangrove forests.
  • Vegetal raw materials shall be certified in relation to an approved standard of sustainability.
  • No form of palm oil shall be used as a raw material or feed raw material.
    Social Responsibility
  • The feed supplier is obliged to ensure that its suppliers and subcontractors treat their employees, products and local environment in an ethical manner and in accordance with national guidelines.