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Cargill creates canola to help farmers raise omega-3-rich fish

In trials, the company totally replaced fish oil with the canola.

Cargill has found a way to help aquaculture companies raise EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish in a more sustainable way, the company said Monday.

The company is in development to create a new type of canola that it says could replace fish oil in aquaculture feed and "ease harvest pressure on wild fish populations that currently supply much of that oil."

In trials Cargill conducted with salmon in Chile, fish oil was totally replaced with the EPA/DHA canola with success.

"As a fish feed producer, we need to reduce our dependency on marine resources," Einar Wathne, president of Cargill Aqua Nutrition. "This new canola can create tremendous opportunities across the global food and feed markets, and we believe it is critical for the growth of aquaculture."

The canola is genetically engineered to make long chain omega-3 fatty acids.

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