Biomar

BioMar is a global fish feed manufacturer for aquaculture, supplying fish feed to around 80 countries for more than 45 different farmed fish species.

Summary

BioMar supports the development of sustainable aquaculture by supplying fish feed with minimal environmental impact; focusing on sustainable sourcing of raw materials, including fish meal and fish oil, and increased transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain. Biomar views transparency as fundamental to its business and was one of the first companies to participate in the Ocean Disclosure Project in 2015. The fish feed manufacturer is committed to annual reporting of its sustainability performance using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s G4 framework.

BioMar works with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and its FishSource database to evaluate individual fisheries, and bases its assessment of responsible marine ingredients on the IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply (RS). BioMar monitors its key performance indicators for sustainable sourcing of marine raw materials, specifically: to source 70% of its fish meal and fish oil from IFFO RS Assured sources by 2020, and to source 100% of its krill from MSC-certified sources by 2015. As of 2016, the company had attained its goal, sourcing 100% MSC-certified krill, and 81% of fish meal and 70% of fish oil raw materials from IFFO RS Assured fisheries.

Associated Fisheries

Fishery Name and Location
Fishing Methods
Certification or FIP
Stock Status and Management
Notes
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Anchoveta

Engraulis ringens

Chilean Central-Southern

Fishery countries:
Chile
  • Purse seine

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Anchoveta

Engraulis ringens

Chilean Central-Southern

Fishery countries:
Chile
  • Seine nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Anchoveta

Engraulis ringens

Peruvian Northern-Central

Fishery countries:
Ecuador, Peru
  • Seine nets
  • Purse seine

Some product from FIP fisheries

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species, but available data is still limited.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is likely to be low.
  • Purse seine gear in this fishery may interact with the sea bed in shallow water, but habitat impacts are not well understood.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Anchoveta

Engraulis ringens

Southern Peru/Northern Chile

Fishery countries:
Chile, Peru
  • Seine nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Antarctic krill

Euphausia superba

Atlantic Southern Ocean

Fishery countries:
Norway
  • Midwater trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Araucanian herring

Strangomera bentincki

Central-South Chile

Fishery countries:
Chile
  • Seine nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Atlantic menhaden

Brevoortia tyrannus

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Purse seine

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles with this fishery.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Blue whiting

Micromesistius poutassou

NE Atlantic

Fishery countries:
Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia
  • Midwater trawl
  • Bottom trawl

Some product from certified fisheries

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species, but available data is still limited.
  • Bycatch in this fishery is considered low, however bycatch data for the whole fishery is incomplete.
  • Blue whiting is mainly caught by midwater trawls, which are unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed. Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Boarfish

Capros aper

NE Atlantic

Fishery countries:
Denmark, Ireland, U.K.
  • Midwater trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species, but available data is still limited.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Icelandic

Fishery countries:
Iceland
  • Midwater trawl
  • Seine nets

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Barents Sea

Fishery countries:
Norway, Russia
  • Midwater trawl
  • Purse seine

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch in this fishery is considered low, but available data is still limited.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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European pilchard

Sardina pilchardus

NW Africa southern

Fishery countries:
Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal
  • Midwater trawl
  • Purse seine

Some product from FIP fisheries

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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European pilchard

Sardina pilchardus

NW Africa central

Fishery countries:
Morocco
  • Midwater trawl
  • Purse seine

FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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European sprat

Sprattus sprattus

North Sea

Fishery countries:
Denmark
  • Midwater trawl
  • Purse seine

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch of herring is a risk for this fishery but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Gulf menhaden

Brevoortia patronus

Gulf of Mexico

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Purse seine

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals and sea turtles with this fishery.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Purse seine gear in this fishery interacts with the sea bed, but habitat impacts are not well understood.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Norway pout

Trisopterus esmarkii

North Sea

Fishery countries:
Denmark, Faroe Islands
  • Midwater trawl
  • Bottom trawl
  • Purse seine

Some product from certified fisheries

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species, but available data is still limited.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • The impact depends on the gear type. Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Sandeels nei

Ammodytes spp.

Central Eastern North Sea

Fishery countries:
Norway, U.K.
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • Sandeel is an important prey species for a variety of predators, including fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Fishing on sandeel has been found to affect some surface feeding bird species, especially kittiwake and sandwich term.
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Sandeels nei

Ammodytes spp.

Dogger Bank area

Fishery countries:
Denmark, Norway
  • Bottom trawl

Some product from certified fisheries

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species, but available data is still limited.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • Sandeel is an important prey species for a variety of predators, including fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Fishing on sandeel has been found to affect some surface feeding bird species, especially kittiwake and sandwich term.
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Sandeels nei

Ammodytes spp.

SE North Sea

Fishery countries:
Denmark, Germany
  • Bottom trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • Sandeel is an important prey species for a variety of predators, including fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Fishing on sandeel has been found to affect some surface feeding bird species, especially kittiwake and sandwich term.
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Sandeels nei

Ammodytes spp.

Viking and Bergen Banks

Fishery countries:
Norway
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Profile not yet complete

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • Sandeel is an important prey species for a variety of predators, including fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Fishing on sandeel has been found to affect some surface feeding bird species, especially kittiwake and sandwich term.

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