For the last 2.5 years, around 25 percent of the omega-3 content in Leroy's salmon feed has come from microalgae.

According to Technical Manager Harald Sveier, the omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from the algae have exactly the same nutritional and biological properties as those from other sources, including wild-caught fish.

"If the aquaculture industry is to grow, we need more sources of omega-3 and an industry that produces it," he told IntraFish.

The feed, so far mostly produced by BioMar, contains algae primarily from manufacturer Corbion using sugar from non-GMO Brazilian sugar to ferment it.