Bio-Oregon commits itself to producing top quality fish feeds, backed up by extensive research and highly developed logistics. Bio-Oregon's experienced technical support and sales team are readily available to help all aspects of your operations and ensure that you get the best out of our fish feed products.
Bio-Oregon has a wealth of experience in North American fish feed production but we are not content to rest on our laurels. At Bio-Oregon, we constantly strive for improvements in fish feed performance, logistics and service, which ensure that we meet or exceed customer expectations.
The Bio-Oregon fish feed line includes products, which embrace the latest in raw material replacement technology, reducing our reliance on fishmeal and fish oil while giving improved price sustainability. These diets sit alongside our more traditional fish feeds in addition to specialty low phosphorus and broodstock feeds, giving our customers a wide choice of fish feeding options.
Back to the Top
Bio-Oregon's fish feed factory operates a fully equipped test laboratory, staffed with skilled and experienced analysts. Bio-Oregon has the on-site competence to ensure all fish feed is tested for the most critical parameters against strict specifications prior to its release. From a simple rule for measuring pellet size, to highly complex equipment, such as NIRs (Near Infra-Red Reflectance spectrophotometer) for measuring protein and oil content, our staff have the resources necessary to ensure optimal fish feed product quality.
Raw Material QC
On arrival at the Bio-Oregon factory, raw material deliveries are sampled and tested prior to release to intake. Only those loads conforming to specification are accepted. This way we always know the composition of the materials being used, a key factor in the control of our fish feed manufacturing process.
Finished Products QC
At the point of packing, fish feed samples are taken from every ton for testing in the laboratory. Only those tons that pass our rigorous testing program are released to dispatch. Protein, oil, moisture and ash levels are determined and checked for conformity against the fish feed’s declaration (as shown on the bag label). Physical quality is assessed, from checking the fish feed pellet dimensions, density and dust level
Special Focus on Physical Quality
Using new testing methods, Bio-Oregon is able to check the durability of the fish feed before it reaches the customer. This means improved and more consistent physical quality. Before delivery, all Bio-Oregon fish feeds must pass through the “quality window” – where elasticity and water content are the four cornerstones. Together these factors determine the physical quality of the feed – the ability to withstand transportation and to avoid dust and breakage. In order to pass through the quality window, the fish feed pellet must be within a set of test parameters that describe physical quality with quantitative objectives. Therefore, we can say that it is very likely that a pellet that passes the test is suitable for a well-functioning hatchery.
To ensure that Bio-Oregon’s activities are conducted to high and consistent standards, our manufacturing facilities are certified according to the ISO 9001 standard concerning quality control procedures and customer satisfaction. Bio-Oregon is also HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certified.
Back to the Top
Research & Development
Bio-Oregon is committed to exploring the frontiers of fish feed nutrition and is constantly looking to improve our products. To be able to manage valuable R&D we have to stay in close contact with our customers to understand their problems and challenges and then look for solutions together.
Bio-Oregon's central Research & Development department undertakes major research projects on a variety of fish species. Established in 1989, Bio-Oregon's research facility employs an international team of highly skilled R&D specialists, supported by a substantial annual investment in advanced R&D. Resources include a top grade analytical laboratory, a research station and a fish feed pilot plant.
In addition to in-house personnel and resources, we work closely with numerous universities and research institutes in international partnerships thereby drawing together the best available expertise from around the world.
The nutrition department at Bio-Oregon’s fish feed research facility identifies the dietary needs of different fish species and establishes how different raw materials can be used to meet those nutritional requirements. Identifying alternatives to fishmeal and fish oil represents a significant area of research. Over the past ten years, scientific work has generated results that can be used to support reductions in the fishmeal and fish oil content of our products by partial substitution with vegetable proteins and a blend of vegetable oils. These findings contribute to the development of sustainable, modern aquaculture.
Back to the Top
Naturally, Bio-Oregon wishes to have a sustainable business. Bio-Oregon is concerned that wild stocks, as a strategic raw material caught for fish meal and oil production, are not overexploited and that catches are managed within the maximum sustainable yield. Bio-Oregon’s purchasing policy requires fish meal and fish oil to be sourced only from managed and sustainable fisheries. These are all subject to monitoring and management regimes implemented by national governmental fishery organizations. Where possible, Bio-Oregon utilizes fishery by-catch and the by-products of the fish processing industry to help reduce our reliance on reduction fisheries.
Over-fishing & Fishing Controls
According to the FAO 2004 report The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, one quarter of the monitored stocks could be considered to be overexploited, depleted or recovering from depletion (16%, 7%, 1%, respectively). Typically, the over-fished species are destined primarily for human consumption. These species tend to be long-lived, slow growing fish and less able to support high exploitation rates than the faster-growing short-lived species predominantly used for fish oil and fish meal manufacture.
Bio-Oregon has invested significantly in research to find alternatives to the fish meals and fish oils used in fish feeds. Alternative protein sources in modern fish feed diets significantly reduce the inclusion levels of fish meals. Additionally, alternative replacement oils can be successfully substituted for fish oil without affecting fish performance, health, or sensory attributes of the fish. Today, alternative protein sources are used to a limited extent, and in the future they will be utilized more extensively to reduce demand for fish oil, and hence the pressure on fisheries.
Bio-Oregon is aware of the need to develop fish feeds using alternatives to fish meal and fish oil. Projected long-term increases in fish meal cost mean that no modern fish feed range is complete without an option which utilizes replacement technology. Bio-Oregon has listened to their customers and has carried out extensive research on alternative raw materials. This work has been incorporated into new starter and fry fish feed diets, which offer dependable performance with the advantage of improved price and raw material sustainability. The new fish feed diets are available alongside our fish meal and fish oil only products, giving our customers a clear choice between traditional and replacement diets.
Back to the Top
Bio-Oregon understands the need for timely deliveries. Our customers can rely on us to maintain their productivity through our advanced and effective logistics systems managed by highly motivated staff.
Logistics in Bio-Oregon is an ideal blend of high technology, electronic information processing, effective distribution management and the human touch. Customer orders are accommodated efficiently in production schedules so that your fish feed is available, packaged and dispatched for delivery when it is needed. Bio-Oregon's strong logistics network uses a variety of transport mechanisms, from road transport supplying small fish farms and fish hatcheries, to boats and barges delivery feed directly to remote sites.
Bio-Oregon's sales and distribution facility in Westbrook, Maine now offers Eastern USA customers a greater degree of logistical and ordering flexibility. Customers can now order feed through the new sales office in Westbrook Maine or from our existing locations in Longview Washington and Vancouver British Columbia.
Customer satisfaction is our top priority and Bio-Oregon will do its utmost to ensure that your fish feed order is handled rapidly and that your fish feed is delivered on time and in prime condition, utilizing the most cost-effective method of transport available.
Back to the Top