Sea bass

Dicentrarchus labrax

Covering the needs of your sea bass

European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) is an important, highly valuable commercial species in Europe, whose farming is widely established in the Mediterranean region. Since the beginning of modern commercial farming of sea bass, BioMar has been pioneering the development of high quality feed with a strong focus on feed performance and the total economic performance for the farmers. BioMar offers feed ranges that cover the whole life cycle of sea bass, from larvae to grower and broodstock feed. Our products are designed to meet the fish needs in their different life stages and in different farming conditions encountered in the Mediterranean region.

Choosing the right feed

It matters to choose the right feed according to production setup and scope.
Best Economic Performance

The path to increased financial yield

The prices of feed raw materials and of farmed species fluctuate for many reasons. When both costs and income fluctuate, it is crucial that the farmer can choose products that provide the best financial end result – tailored to meet the circumstances.

By means of adapted feed composition, feed choice and feeding regime, we can offer a unique support system based on documentation beyond comparison: the Best Economic Performance model. The customer defines the performance goals and BioMar adapts the product strategy to fit these demands

Feeding all stages

Nutritional requirements vary through the life cycle of each single species.

BioMar's feed ranges cover the special needs in the full life cycle from egg to harvest of both fresh water and marine fish species, and of shrimp.

Starting with the LARVIVA diets for hatcheries and a number of specific types of fry feeds we offer a large variety of transfer feeds and grower feeds developed to match the nutritional needs of specific species in various farming conditions.

On top, we offer specially enriched broodstock feeds, conditioning the brood stock to deliver highest quality eggs and by this securing the best possible start for a new cycle.

BioRhythmic feeding

Good production results are based on informed choices

Our BioRhythmic feeding concept helps to achieve the best possible production results when growth rate, feed conversion rate and survival are very important parts of the picture.

For optimised performance, the daily energy intake must be maximised throughout the production cycle. It matters to choose a feed that maintains the appetite at a high level, irrespective of environmental changes like temperature and light conditions.

Furthermore, it is essential to choose a diet with an energy level that is closely adapted to the growth potential in the various stages of production. It is equally important to apply an optimal feeding regime ensuring the amount of feed needed from day to day to reach production targets is available.

Fish health

Our research prioritises strategies for the development of diets supporting fish health.

We care about the health of fish, fish farmer’s finances and the healthy reputation that farmed fish deserve and on which the industry relies.

BioMar aims to offer a range of functional diets effective against the most serious production disorders, and covering the entire production cycle for a large number of farmed species.

Our research on one species is very often relevant for another. This is especially applicable in terms of fish health, where functional diets tend to have a broader spectrum of use with respect to species than grower feeds do.

Product Ranges

Hatchery feeds

BEST START IN LIFE

The Marine Hatchery feed range for fish offers  a complete selection of high quality products covering all the nutritional needs of fish larvae, small fry and broodstock. The Hatchery range includes premium and standard product programmes for larval/post-weaning, and nursery stages to fit the different hatchery’s goals and protocols. High quality broodstock feeds for both maintenance and maturation periods and an enrichment diet for rotifers and Artemia, complete the range.

Hatchery feeds

Pre-Grower feeds

Ready for the new phase

BioMar's pre-growing feed ranges comprise INICIO Plus and marine transfer feed INTRO Plus. The ranges cover all the nutritional needs of juvenile farmed fish during the later nursery stages. They are based on high-quality raw materials, high protein levels, balanced amino acid and fatty acid profiles, vitamins and micronutrients.

Due to its specially developed composition, INICIO Plus INICIO Plus and INTRO Plus MT consistently excel in feed trials with excellent feed conversion, growth, and low mortality results. By improving the performance of the fish, BioMar's pre-growing feed contributes to increased production profitability.

INICIO Plus and INTRO Plus MT contain Bactocell®*, a well-documented probiotic that reduces deformities across fish species. In addition, our studies as well as many independent scientific publications, show that the use of probiotics in the feed also enhances the general health status of the fish and increases digestibility of the feed.

* Bactocell® is the only probiotic approved by the European Commission for inclusion in fish feed. The approval is based on extensive documentation of reduced occurrence of deformities across fish species.

Pre-Grower

Grower Feeds

FOCUS ON FEED PERFORMANCE

BioMar’s EFICO YM and EFICO Kappa grower feed ranges meet the nutritional needs of the fish during the grower stage and farmers’ needs in different farming conditions in the Mediterranean area.

EFICO YM feed range is based on the Performance Concept, in which the feed is formulated for obtaining consistent growth and feed conversion rates. The Performance Concept focuses on available nutrients (digestible energy and digestible protein) rather than their crude values.

EFICO Kappa is a special range that is developed based on Performance Concept and ENA2. The target of the ENA2 is Enhancing Nutrient Availability & Absorption. EFICO Kappa has an excellent reputation with great acceptance among fish farmers.

To comply with specific market needs, EFICO Kappa and EFICO YM feed ranges may be available in two versions: with and without Land Animal Products (LAPs).

Grower Feeds

Broodstock Feeds

PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION

BioMar’s broodstock feed is specially formulated to provide key nutrients that will be transferred from the mother’s diet to the egg reserves stored in the yolk. EFICO Genio feed supports production of nutrient-rich eggs which hatch into high performing fry. In addition, EFICO Genio contains Bactocell® * and other immune-modulating ingredients which promote good condition of the broodstock to increase success of future egg production.

* Bactocell® is the only probiotic approved by the European Comission for inclusion in fish feed. The approval is based on extensive documentation of reduced occurrence of deformities across fish species

Broodstock Feeds

Functional Feeds

EFICO Plus - Stronger fish deal better with challenges

EFICO Plus is designed to help strengthen natural resistance and defense of the fish before planned or expected stress periods. EFICO Plus includes extra vitamins and several potent micronutrients, and it is specially formulated for preparing fish for challenging periods, such as handling, grading, temperature changes and fish transfer.

Functional Feeds

Targeted Solutions

Sea bass Targ. solutions (item 1) Functional: EFICO Plus GR_EN

Functional feed

EFICO Plus - Stronger fish deal better with challenges

EFICO Plus is designed to help strengthen natural resistance and defense of the fish before planned or expected stress periods. EFICO Plus includes extra vitamins and several potent micronutrients, and it is specially formulated for preparing fish for challenging periods, such as handling, grading, temperature changes and fish transfer.

 

Sea bass Targ. solutions (item 2) Fry: INTRO Plus MT GR_EN

Fry feed

INTRO Plus MT - marine transfer feed

INTRO Plus MT, BioMar's marine transfer feed, helps strengthen marine fry to prepare them for leaving the comfort of the hatchery and facing the challenges of the open environment of sea cages. INTRO Plus MT contain Bactocell®*, a well-documented probiotic that reduces deformities across fish species, and B-WYSE™**,a selected combination of yeast fractions from specific yeast strains. The combination of Bactocell® and B-WYSETM contributes to improving the health status and performance parameters of the fry.

* Bactocell® is the only probiotic approved by the European Commission for inclusion in fish feed. The approval is based on extensive documentation of reduced occurrence of deformities across fish species.

**B-WYSETM: BioMar Whole Yeast Synergistic Extracts.

More about INTRO Plus MT

BioMar Retention Technology

P&S: Retention Technology (item, L pic.)

The performance potential of the feed depends heavily on process knowledge.

Feed for aquaculture is a concentrated package of nutrients and energy designed to provide rapid, healthy and cost-effective growth, and prime quality end products.

Through the BioMar Retention Technology (BRT) project we have learned that process conditions in the feed production itself have a very strong impact on the feed's structure and physical properties.

BRT focuses specifically on nutrition related to process technology. The knowledge package BRT will ensure taking the maximum performance potential out of any feed formula.

Services

BioFarm

BioFarm - adding value to your business

Exploiting the growth potential of the farmed species used to be a bottleneck for profitable aquaculture activity. Today, our feeds are optimised to potentially deliver a feed performance that fully can exploit this potential. 

BioMar’s technical support systems and our BioFarm team provide guidance for appropriate nutrition and feeding strategies. BioFarm assists in regard to general health issues, disease prevention and recovery strategies and pays special attention to the challenges in production of larvae, fry, fingerlings, and smolt. BioFarm team members are specialised in farming technology, recirculation systems, water quality, and energy efficiency as well as sustainability, eco-efficiency analysis, life cycle analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Logistics

Logistics - Delivering the right feed to the right place on time

We always strive to live up to our reputation for delivering efficient logistics services and to deliver the right feed to the right place on time.

While doing so, we focus on minimising our environmental footprint. The world's first cargo ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been operated by BioMar since 2012 is only one example showing our ambition on reducing our environmental impact.