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The raw materials required to produce the fish feed are sourced only from areas regulated by national quotas for the respective species. The allocated quotas are in compliance with accepted scientific recommendations, such as ICES, FAO, IMARPE and SERNAPESCA*.
The Group requires all feed suppliers to prioritise the use of raw materials certified in compliance with IFFO’s standard for sustainability, or raw materials with MSC-certification or similar.
The certification scheme used by our suppliers are part of ISEAL, and our suppliers have guidelines for sustainability requirements, including small pelagic fisheries.
Lerøy supports and has signed the Cerrado Manifesto regarding soy production. The Cerrado Manifesto works to protect the Cerrado and prevent deforestation in Brazil.
Any soy raw materials are produced according to the “Roundtable on Responsible Soy” (RTRS) certification or similar.
Since 2019, Lerøy has been using insect meal as part of our feed specification in the freshwater phase of farming salmonids.
The insect protein replaces some of the fishmeal in the feed and therefore minimises dependency on fishmeal from wild fish. The insects feed upon the biproducts from starch industry. The insects thus convert one waste into high-quality protein.
Insect protein production is extremely area-efficient, does not utilize fertilizers, insecticides/pesticides and consume very little fresh water.
Insect protein is undoubtedly one of the most sustainable protein sources we have, and this food supply chain is a perfect example of a circular economy.
Camelina oil is an ingredient in the Lerøy feed and is extracted from the Camelina plant, which is known for its ability to grow in infertile soil with a modest need of water and fertilizer.
The oil from this plant is particularly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and has an extra-low content of Omega-6 fatty acids.
We aim to minimise the amount of Omega-6 fatty acids in our salmon, in order to improve the positive human health effects from eating Lerøy Salmon™.
From an environmental standpoint, and to protect the Indonesian rainforest, we choose not to use any palm oil in our feed.
Stocking density, i.e. how much space the fish have in the cage, also influences fish welfare. The maximum limit for Lerøy Salmon™ is 25 kg/m3.
Lerøy average density during a production year is below 10 m3/kg in the Group.
Lerøy Seafood Group does not use anti-inflammatory durgs, hormones or growth promotion treatments in our salmon production.