Using optimised finisher feeds at least 10 weeks before harvest increases levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the fillet. These nutrients are beneficial for fish as well as humans, and the elevated levels obtained through using finisher feeds increases nutritional value. Depending on the recipe, finisher feed can also help bring out a deeper more appealing colour in sea bream.
The health benefits of regularly including fish in your diet are well documented, and farmed fish is a valuable source of protein. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, like the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, are essential for both fish and humans for a healthy immune system, metabolism, cardiovascular system, cell membranes and brain development, to name a few.
Whilst wild fish obtain omega-3 fatty acids from the food chain, farmed fish need them delivered via marine ingredients in the fish feed. The substitution of marine oils, which are rich in DHA and EPA, by vegetable oils in regular fish feed over the years has led to reduced contents of DHA and EPA in the final product for the consumer. As fish require all essential nutrients to grow healthily on a regular fish feed, marine fish farmers can create additional value by enhancing the nutritional value of the fish and consequently the final product for the consumer. Farmed marine fish can accumulate omega-3 fatty acids in the flesh, given that extra content of these fatty acids is supplied by the feed for several weeks before harvest.
Wild sea bream feed on a large variety of things which creates the deeper colouration. But although the farmed diet is optimised for health and growth, the lesser variety makes for a lighter coloured fish. Naturally derived raw materials in the farmed sea bream diet can change this, enhancing colouration and adding nutritional value.
Feeds in the OMEGA range have enhanced contents of DHA and EPA from marine oils to create nutritional value for the consumer and economical value for the farmer.
To add value and differentiate in fish quality, natural pigments in the feed create an appealing colouration of sea bream with natural yellow and pink areas on the head. ALLER LUCET has been developed by Aller Aqua to serve both the attractive colouration as well as the enhanced content of omega-3 fatty acids in farmed sea bream before harvest.