Business Development Director
Corbion Algae Ingredients
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Based in Malaysia, Fuci Guo is the Business Development Director at Corbion Algae Ingredients since January 2019. He is responsible for promoting sustainably produced long chain omega-3s from algae for shrimp, marine fish, chicken, pigs and pets. Prior to this, Fuci was Regional Technical Manager for DSM APAC where he contributed to the business growth of premixes in India and Indonesia, carotenoids in Thailand, enzymes in Vietnam and Thailand; and he worked as Regional Aquaculture Manager at Alltech where he developed and trained aqua marketing and sales teams, built commercial businesses for organic minerals, yeast derivatives and algae DHA. He started his aquaculture career as R&D Manager at Roche Aquaculture Center some 27 years ago, working with Kasetsart, Chulalongkorn and Mahidol universities. He has coordinated more than 25 trials on vitamins and astaxanthin. Fuci has a PhD in Fish Parasitology from the University of Guelph, Canada and a Masters in Fish Physiology from the National University of Singapore.
|Session 2||Sustainability – Building Consumer Confidence|
|Presentation||Marine Microalgae Omega-3s Enable Sustainable Growth Of Shrimp Industry|
Recently, Corbion has completed a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for our marine microalgae omega-3 (AlgaPrime™ DHA). The assessment, concluded in 2020 and ISO 14040/44 reviewed, analysed its cradle-to-gate environmental impact covering the full supply chain, including raw material sourcing and production. Further analysis was done with publicly available data to affirm a lower carbon footprint compared to traditional sources of fish oil. Microalgae Aurantochytrium are grown in closed fermentation tanks where they transform renewable, sustainably sourced plant sugars into algae containing omega-3-rich oil in a matter of days. The low carbon footprint is due to three primary elements of its production system: the facility is powered by renewable energy; a high yield feedstock is used, and it has an efficient use of land.
What does ‘low carbon footprint‘ mean for our shrimp industry? The answer is a lot. As you know, most of our farmed shrimp are exported to the EU, US, Canada, China and Japan. Consumers from these countries want seafood that are sustainably produced, using sustainable ingredients. The salmon industry is an example to emulate.
Many salmon farmers are increasing levels of omega-3s in their salmon feed in order to reverse the declining trends of fillet omega-3s. Salmon farmers are replacing or supplementing fish oil with omega-3s from marine microalgae to raise levels of omega-3s, due to marine fish oil being a finite resource. It is estimated that algae omega-3s are now included in nearly 40% of Norwegian salmon feed today.
Modern consumers know that long chain omega-3s are important to health as they help to support normal brain function and development, lower the risk of heart disease, eye and joint problems. Salmon farmers are placing more emphasis on improving the nutritional and sustainability aspects of feed formulations to produce healthier and more sustainable salmon to appeal to the consumers.
Adoption of marine microalgae omega-3s with shrimp producers is ramping up in the last 2-3 years. The Thai Union Group recently expanded its use of microalgae omega-3s in their shrimp feeds in several countries following a successful large-scale trial in 2019. Driven by demand from retailers and consumers for healthier shrimp and more sustainably produced seafood, more adoption of algae DHA in shrimp feed in multiple regions is foreseeable. It is encouraging to see that marine fish oil can fully be replaced by marine microalgae omega-3s in shrimp diets, enabling the sustainable growth of the shrimp industry for years to come.