08 Jun, 2018

#WorldOceanDay: How do you save the equivalent of a year’s worth of fish caught in the Mediterranean Sea?

The contribution to conserving marine life that we make at Veramaris can be precisely quantified: it's a huge 1.2 million tons per year.

That means that the initial production quantities of our algal oil rich in the two essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA can replace the oil from a total of 1.2 million tons of fish that would otherwise be caught from the oceans and used in fish feed.

1.2 million tons of fish sounds like a lot - and that’s because it really is!  To put this figure into perspective: in the entire Mediterranean, from Spain in the far West to Israel in the far East, there is around 800,000 tons of fish caught each year. Hypothetically speaking, Veramaris is helping to counteract more than all of the annual fishing activities in the Mediterranean Sea.

If you are interested in the exact production quantities by country, continent or region, then take a look at the FAO database: www.fao.org

Currently, around 16 million tons of pelagic fish are caught to produce fishmeal and fish oil annually. Without a change in current nutritional practices, the growing demand for omega-3 will soon outstrip natural marine resources. There simply will not be enough fish to catch – putting a limit to the growth of the aquaculture industry.

The algal oil produced by Veramaris is a highly concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which enables aquaculture to continue producing healthy seafood.

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