Stop excess fishing: worldwide, 30 billion kilograms of fish are caught unnecessarily
1 in 4 fish are caught to produce Omega-3 fish oil
There is a good, fish friendly alternative: algae oil
Participate in the ‘For Our Love of Life’ Challenge and save 100,000 fish in 90 days
1 IN EVERY 4 FISH ARE UNNECESSARILY MADE INTO FISH OIL
The oceans are getting overfished more every year. Not only because many people eat fish, but also because 1 in every 4 fish are processed for other products. For example, the production of fish oil, with Omega-3 fatty acids as its most important component. Because of the excess fishing, fish species can no longer sustain themselves. They become extinct. This endangers the future of our oceans. Do we want that?
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There is an alternative to food supplements based on fish oil. Innovative producers use algae. Vegetarian capsules contain the same important ingredient: Omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, algae oil producer Testa and strategic concept, communication and design agency Mattmo Creative, founding fathers of the International Ocean Foundation, have started the ‘For Our Love of Life’ challenge. Together with our partners the goal is to raise awareness about Omega-3 capsules based on algae. The more producers cooperate and the more consumers choose algae oil capsules, the more affordable the capsules can be produced. With our goal being to save as many fish as possible.
Goal: the International Ocean Foundation wants to decrease fishing by 25%; that is the amount of fish being caught – unnecessarily – to be made into fish oil and fish meal.
The International Ocean Foundation is a volunteer organization, established by algae oil producer Testa and strategic concept, communication and design agency Mattmo Creative. Together with like-minded partners and a team of enthusiastic, committed volunteers from various countries, they are fighting excess fishing. We are people who realize things can be done differently. And that the oceans have a better future if less fish are being caught for fish oil or fishmeal. After all, there are alternatives to the way we are fishing now.
The strategy: education through campaigns. The International Ocean Foundation supports innovative solutions lowering the maritime footprint. The International Ocean Foundation widely raises awareness of these solutions. The first campaign of the organisation is the ‘For Our Love of Life’ challenge. In this campaign, the organisation helpt producers of Omega-3 algae oil promote their products with the target group who can really make the difference: the consumers.
The International Ocean Foundation, together with its partners, contributes to a healthy ocean by stopping excess fishing.
For every product sold through our website 10% will be donated to our organization. The earnings will be used entirely for awareness campaigns and the recruitment cost of new partners and participants to achieve our goals, e.g. stopping excess fishing.
One capsule of highly concentrated algae oil, such as Testa Omega-3, contains at least 410 mg pure Omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, 60 capsules contain 24.6 pure Omega-3 fatty acids. This is comparable with the better fish oil supplements.
A fatty fish, such as herring, contains 651 mg pure Omega-3 fatty acids. Our new herring weighs approximately 62 grams; this means 1.05% of the herring is Omega-3 fatty acids. This means an awful number of herrings, 38, are needed for a small jar of fish oil!
We can also make this calculation for other fish. Fish like anchovies, sardines, herring and sprat are often used for fish oil production.
The most common micro-algae used for the omega-3 algae oil production is Schizochytrium Sp. This is a marine microalgae that normally occurs in mangrove forests. They live on simple organic organisms originating from the dead leaves and do not need light. This algae able to create large amounts of DHA and EPA fatty acids.
This microalga is cultured in pure fermentation tanks with artificial seawater, so that there is no risk of contamination that may be found typically in fish oil. Production takes place under controlled conditions (pH, temperature, aeration) with the required nutrients, vitamins, and trace elements. At the right time the algae is harvested and processed into a high-quality omega-3 oil. The microalgae is the original source of Omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids and by cultivating it we can leave the ocean intact and relieve impact on fish and krill stocks.
Fish oil can never be completely clean. Even "pharmaceutical" fish oil is not free of contaminants or disease-causing substances found in contaminated water. Algae oil is, however, clean and grown in a controlled environment.