New AlgaPrime™ DHA, An Algae-Based Alternative To Fish Oil, Addresses Declining Omega-3 Content In Farmed Salmon

A recent study by Stirling University reveals that the amount of omega-3 fatty acid in farmed salmon in the UK has decreased by 50% in the past 10 years, thus requiring consumers to eat double the portion of salmon to obtain the same amount of omega-3s. This reduction is believed to be largely due to changes in the way salmon are fed, as well as declining worldwide stocks of small oily fish, which have been a primary contributor of omega-3 fat in fish feed. 1

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To maintain levels of omega-3s in farmed salmon and the human diet, sustainable and responsibly sourced alternatives to fish oil ingredients are urgently needed to meet soaring consumer demand for salmon without further depleting marine fish stocks. AlgaPrime DHA, an omega-3-rich whole algae ingredient developed by TerraVia Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVIA) in partnership with Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), provides a sustainable, scalable and economically viable source of omega-3s. As an alternative to ingredients like fish oil and fishmeal that come from small oily fish, AlgaPrime DHA can ease the industry's reliance on wild fish capture and help preserve the marine environment.

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing segments of the global food industry, supplying nearly 50% of fish and seafood for human consumption according to the Stirling study. "Global demand for seafood is continually increasing and the only way we can meet this demand without putting further pressure on wild fish stocks is through responsible aquaculture," said Piers Hart, Global Lead for Aquaculture at the World Wildlife Foundation. "There's only a limited amount of fish in our seas to feed us, let alone to make into feed. Now there is a sustainable alternative to fish oil available on an industrial scale, something we could only dream about ten years ago."

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