Last Monday, The Irish Times profiled Ocean Harvest Technology on their news platforms as part of our reward for being one of three finalists The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards. They looked at three top innovators in the agrifood sector. They profiled our original OceanFeed product in the form of OceanFeed Salmon and you can read their profile word for word below.
OceanFeed Salmon is a patented feed additive formulated from seaweed which improves the health of farmed salmon, can help repel sea lice and improves taste and texture profile of the fish but more importantly can raise omega 3 fatty acid levels by up to 30 per cent in the fish. This not only improves the health of the fish but ultimately produces a superior end product with health benefits for the consumer.
The new product is manufactured by Co Galway based Ocean Harvest Technology, which develops and provides a range of natural solutions to enhance the health of the animals, the environment and the customer. The company has created a variety of patented seaweed-based formulas centred on the bioactive ingredients present in different seaweeds. These ingredients allow its feeds to replace many of the synthetic components currently found in many agricultural and aquacultural feed ingredients.
“I have been working in this area for the past 25 years and did my PhD in it,” says Ocean Harvest founder Dr Stefan Kraan. “We know which bioactive molecules are present in which species of seaweed and we can combine them to do different things. We add these to fish feed to promote health benefits.”
The farmed fish industry has experienced some dramatic changes over the past decade, according to Kraan, and these have had a serious impact on the levels of omega 3 oils in farmed salmon. This is due to the replacement of expensive non-sustainable fish oil with cheaper plant oils containing less desirable omega 6 oils.
Read the rest of our profile and the other companies BFree Foods and Dr Coy’s Health Foods on the original Irish Times Article here: Health options are top choice for new entrepreneurs