Fishmeal and fish oil

Fishmeal and fish oil


Fishmeal is an important and very digestible fish protein and fish oil ingredient in feeds and is used for the production of feed for aquaculture and agriculture.

Fishmeal consists in average of between 60-72% fish protein, 10-20% ash and 5-12% fish oil, which is high in the health promoting omega-3 very long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA, often referred to as ‘omega-3s’. The rest is minerals and water.

Fishmeal has several nutritional qualities which makes it attractive as a protein supplement in feed for aquaculture and animal husbandry e.g. poultry, piglets, young calves/lambs, furred animals, pets as well as in fish and shrimps.

Fish oil

Fish oil is 100% marine oil and has a high content of very essential omega 3 fatty acids.

Fish oil is mainly used for the production of feed for farmed fish and in the production of refined fish oil for human consumption.

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids – EPA and DHA. These have been the subject of numerous studies showing they confer several health benefits which are well documented.

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The golden standard of animal feeds

Fishmeal and fish oil stand unrivaled as the most invaluable components in the diets of both aquaculture and various terrestrial animals. Their composition of essential micronutrients, encompassing amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, plays a pivotal role in supporting optimal growth and physiological functions in animals and farmed fish, rendering fishmeal and fish oil irreplaceable in the realm of feed ingredients.

Key attributes of fishmeal and fish oil include:

  1. High protein content ranging from 62-75%. Protein is key to growth and fishmeal is among the best available ingredients for protein. The protein in fishmeal is also highly digestible exceeding the majority of other animal feed ingredients for this factor, with values consistently around 90%.
  2. Fish oil is a  rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are crucial for promoting health and vitality. In addition, fishmeal usually contains 8-12% lipid and is therefore also a rich source of long chain omega-3s compared to other feed ingredients, barring fish oil itself.
  3. Amino acids: Fish and animals have requirements for specific amino acids and they build proteins with combinations of about 22 amino acids. However, animals cannot make all 22 of these amino acids in their body and these amino acids are classified as “essential”. There are ten essential amino acids that must be contained in the diet. Fishmeal is well known for its essential amino acids it can provide to animals though its high palatability and digestibility characteristics
  4. Marine phospholipids have drawn a great deal of interest recently as they are considered to have better resistance to oxidation, better bioavailability, and a higher content of ω-3 PUFAs than lipids from the same source. Therefore, supplementation of foods with ω-3 PUFAs rich PLs has recently emerged as a food supplement and pharmaceutical applications
  5. Micronutrients: Furthermore, these ingredients boast a diverse array of essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and selenium, ensuring a well-rounded nutritional profile. The inclusion of vital vitamins—B1, B2, B6, and B12—further contributes to the comprehensive micronutrient profile of fishmeal and fish oil, enhancing their role as catalysts for physiological well-being in animals. Notably, these ingredients exhibit a comparatively high digestibility, enhancing their efficacy in supporting nutrient absorption and utilization within the digestive systems of diverse species.