… are we doing this?
Need for Feed
Aquaculture is growing, and many fish species must have marine proteins as feed ingredients, so it is necessary to switch to a sustainable ingredient production that does not deplete the earth’s fish stocks – to feed fish. Our solution can provide truly sustainable feed ingredient at a competitive price. An area of 11 x 11 km Ciona cultivation could replace the entire fish meal produced in EU.
Worlds growing population
The combined effects of population increase and increasing standards of living in developing countries have created significant challenges for the society’s food supply. Estimates suggest that the global food production must increase by 60 percent until 2050 to four billion tonnes. Our solution can be conducted in most coastal sea areas around the world with an important production of proteins regionally.
Too much fertilizers leaks into the sea and has led to increase in algal growth and “dead” oxygen free zones, i.e. eutrophication, which is very costly and harmful for the environment. No competitive solution exists today for efficient nutrient uptake when the nutrients already are in the sea. Until now. Our solution removes 360 tonnes nitrogen and 32 tonnes phosphorus per km2 intensive culture.
The European Green Deal states that EU shall reduce carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, and thereafter to make the EU “the world’s first climate-neutral continent” by 2050. This demands several improvements in many aspects of our society. The Marine Feed protein has extremely low carbon footprint in comparison to all other available feed ingredients and has a net carbon uptake if the nutrient removal from the sea are considered within the system.
Pesticide free proteins
Vegetable proteins needs fertilizers and pesticides for an efficient production. This increases the nitrogen, phosphorous and pollutants ending up in the sea. Our protein is produced without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
New European blue growth-based industries
Food security and employment. Europe is highly dependent on import of feed ingredients (e.g. soy) that puts the European food supply at a high risk, calling for increased EU-domestic food production. Further, many coastal areas are suffering from a declining fish industry with a loss of 200.000 jobs during 1990-2013 (64 % decline). Large-scale Ciona cultivation will increase investments, generate coastal jobs and improve EU food security.
No land or water usage
In a growing population we need land and water for direct and smart use. Marine culture doesn’t compete with land usage or water consumption