Omega-3 GMO canola oil, poised to reduce overfishing, ready for sale into global aquaculture market


THE first commercial quantities of omega-3 oils grown from canola in the US by Nuseed are ready to sell into the global aquaculture market.

And the Nufarm subsidiary plans to double production this year in a bid to rapidly build up stocks of the oil normally derived from fish, such as salmon or trout.

Salmon derive their oil from smaller, fatty fish in the food chain — anchovies and herrings — which, in turn, source their oil from algae. “There is only so much we can fish out of the ocean,” [Nuseed group executive Brent Zacharias] said.


With that in mind, Nuseed set out a decade ago…. to look at taking the oil genetics out of sea algae and transferring it into canola seed.

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The research into these biofactories has paid off, with Nuseed just finishing the processing of its first commercial omega-3 oil grown from 14,000 hectares of canola in the US for sale to aquaculture operations around the world.

Nuseed believes it can more than double production of the omega-3 oils within 10 years by producing the same oils from canola for feeding to fish or for processing directly into the human dietary supplement market.

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