According to estimates by the F3 Feed Innovation Network, approximately 88 million forage fish have been saved from fish food since competitors began reporting sales. forage fish savings calculator. The sales competition is designed to drive innovation in the aquaculture feed industry to find viable and competitive substitutes for fishmeal and fish oil in aquaculture feeds. The initiative includes prizes of US$100,000 in each of three categories – salmonids, shrimp and other carnivorous species.
Dainichi Corporation continues to lead in the category of other carnivorous species for its “fishless” feed for blackspot seabream. The competitors Star Milling Co. (salmonid category) and Empagran/Vemaris (shrimp category) maintain their lead in their respective categories.
F3 Challenge – Carnivore Edition aims to ensure greater global food security by reducing the aquaculture industry’s reliance on fishmeal and fish oil derived from small forage fish such as menhaden and sardines and to secure the future industry against supply chain shocks.
Eight eligible F3 streams were submitted by applicants, who started seeing sales from October 1, 2020 or after submitting their stream. Eligible F3 feeds for all award categories must not contain any ingredients made from or derived from marine animals, including, but not limited to: fish, squid, shrimp or krill.
According to F3 organizers, reliance on wild-caught resources threatens the ability to farm many aquaculture species as the supply of small fish fluctuates globally and without any change in technology, stocks are expected to reach ecological limits by 2037. Dependence on wild-caught resources also threatens wild-caught commercial fisheries, such as tuna, salmon and cod, as these big fish depend on small fish for their livelihood. Since aquaculture and wild-caught seafood constitute the entire seafood supply, finding nutritionally equivalent alternatives to small fish is important to sustain the global supply of seafood. sea products.
All sales reported by companies remain unverified. F3 Challenge judges will verify F3 food sales before announcing the winners according to the contest rules.
F3 Challenge sponsors include University of Arizona, Campbell Foundation, Synbiobeta, The Nature Conservancy, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Anthropocene Institute, Dawson Family Fund, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Tides Foundation , Cuna Del Mar, the National Renderers Association and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.