After 10 years in the making and undergoing a comprehensive process, the company Aker BioMarine has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its Qrill  Aqua and Qrill  High Protein (QHP) products in freshwater and marine salmonids. “The United States salmon farming industry can already benefit from the proven health and nutritional benefits of krill”, they reported.

We have been waiting for this approval for a long time and are very excited to see this come to life,” said Sigve Nordrum, EVP Animal Health and Nutrition, Aker BioMarine. “We serve the aquaculture industry across the globe and now we are excited to do the same in North America”, he added.

Aker BioMarine’s krill products contain astaxanthin, a natural source of red color that may enhance the color of salmon flesh, for that the FDA classified it as a color additive. The approval of products under this classification is very thorough and krill meal as an ingredient in fish feeds has been subjected to extensive evaluation by FDA during the approval process.

Access to sustainable, safe and nutritious ingredients

This has been a goal for Aker BioMarine and the fish farming industry for many years, as it is very important for the salmon industry in North America to obtain access to sustainable, safe and highly nutritious ingredients for their feeds.

For years, feed companies and fish farmers in this region were well aware of the benefits of krill for fish feeds and salmon, therefore they have been demanding these products for their North American operations. We look forward to working with our customers in this market to support the production of high quality, sustainable and healthy fish,” continued Nordrum.

Feeding stimulant

Made from Antarctic krill, Aker BioMarine’s Qrill Aqua functions as a feeding stimulant leading to increased feed uptake and enhanced growth. Qrill Aqua is also proven to improve health, stress tolerance and fillet quality.

Qrill High Protein is a protein rich product used in formulated diets for aquaculture nutrition. It is an excellent source of marine protein for fish and shrimp, leading to increased feed uptake and enhanced growth.

The more effective additives to shrimp feeds

Weeks before the announcement, the company reported that in a new, independently conducted study from leading university aquaculture research teams in Brazil, scientists evaluated the digestibility of crude protein and essential amino acids in ingredients for Pacific whiteleg shrimp diets. One of the test diets in the study included krill meal provided by Aker BioMarine.

The feeding trial ran over three experimental stages, each lasting up to 30 days. The test diets included a range of plant and terrestrial animal byproduct ingredients, as well as aquatic ingredients, such as marine fish meal, salmon byproduct meal and krill meal. Following the experiment, the scientists concluded that the aquatic ingredients yielded higher crude protein and essential amino acid digestibility, making them the more effective additives to shrimp feeds.

Protein ingredients can be costly for shrimp farmers, and the shared goal is to use ingredients that are as effective as possible, a motivation that prompted this new study,” says Lena Burri, R&D Director, Aker BioMarine. “While we did not participate in this experiment from a research perspective, we supplied the krill meal to the team, and it was shown to be the highest performer among all ingredients tested.

Company listed on Oslo Stock Exchange

Aker BioMarine is a biotech innovator and Antarctic krill-harvesting company, dedicated to improving human and planetary health. Listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, the company develops krill-based ingredients for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical (Superba, NKO and K·Real), aquaculture (Qrill Aqua), and animal feed applications (Qrill Pet), including INVI, a highly concentrated protein isolate, and Lysoveta, a targeted transporter of EPA and DHA from krill.

Aker BioMarine’s transparent value chain stretches from sustainable krill harvesting in pristine Antarctic waters through its Montevideo logistics hub, Houston production plant, and to customers around the world. The company’s strong focus on sustainability inspired the launch of AION by Aker BioMarine, a circularity company dedicated to helping companies to recycle and reuse waste.


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