Challenge Winners Announced!
Congratulations to the 3 winners and 1 honorable mention
Winners: Star Milling Co. (Salmonids – Rainbow Trout), Empagran & Veramaris (Shrimp – Pacific Whiteleg), Jiangsu Fuhai Biotech Co., Ltd. (Other Carnivorous Species – Largemouth Bass)
Honorable Mention: Dainichi Corporation (Other Carnivorous Species – Red Sea Bream)
Fish farms, or aquaculture, now provide well over 50% of the world’s seafood, and continue to grow. But two of aquaculture’s key feed ingredients face a supply-chain bottleneck – fishmeal and fish oil. What is more, some of the most popular seafood choices for consumers rely heavily on these ingredients. Crustaceans (including shrimp) consume roughly 31% of global fishmeal production used in aquaculture, while salmonids consume around 23% of global fishmeal and 60% of global fish oil used in aquaculture (2015-2016 figures).
Reliance on forage fish also threatens commercial fisheries as larger fish such as cod, salmon, and tuna, eat these small, oily fish (sardines, anchovies and menhaden) in the wild. These fish also sustain seabirds and marine mammals such as whales, seals, and dolphins. Currently, many forage fish are ground up to feed aquaculture. If the fish at the center of the ocean food chain disappear, so will the life that depends on them. Read more about this problem here.
The industry has made tremendous strides to vastly increase the productivity of fishmeal and fish oil, but if it is to expand, most scientists agree that more needs to be done to find substitute ingredients. Fish farm owners need new and reliable ingredients to derisk their supply chain, and ensure continued production and growth.
The challenge is to create a Fish-Free Feed for one of three categories: Salmonid, Shrimp, or Other Carnivorous Species. The goal of this challenge is to reduce aquaculture’s demand for forage fish by advancing substitute feeds for the industry’s biggest consumers of forage fish. If progress can be made towards finding sustainable, fish-free feeds for these species, then substantial progress can be made towards increasing forage fish populations worldwide.
More important than the prize reward, participants gain access to significant public relations and media attention. The F3 (Fish-Free Feed) Challenge was mentioned over 100 times in news stories and reports on the F3 Fish Oil Challenge reached over 1 million viewers. The stories often named participants, and are targeted towards the aquafeed industry in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, participants with qualifying F3 feeds will be invited to showcase their work at F3 webinars focused on substitute ingredients for aquaculture, to be held virtually in 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to present their products to investors, feed companies, and media.
There will be a $100,000 USD prize for each the of 3 species categories:
(1) Salmonid F3 Feeds
(2) Shrimp F3 Feeds
(3) Other Carnivorous Species F3 Feeds
Each prize will be awarded to the team that has sold the greatest amount of F3 Feeds in their category at the conclusion of the Challenge sales period (September 15, 2022). UPDATE: A new F3 Challenge timeline has been announced. Please check the Timeline page for further details.
- 可用于饲养虾、鲑鱼或其他肉食性鱼类的配方饲料。如果参赛者提交“其他肉食性鱼类” 的饲料，必须先获得评委对该种类的批准。