New science on krill feed revealed

By Aker BioMarine, April 25, 2016
Solid 20% year-on-year volume growth in Qrill™ Aqua, our krill meal used in feeds for shrimp, marine fish and salmonids.


“The reason for this growth is the proven benefits the product brings for the farmers,” says Dr. Lena Burri, Director R&D, Animal Nutrition and Health at Aker BioMarine.

“Antarctic krill is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are important contributors to good health for both animals and humans. Krill meal is also an excellent source of the natural antioxidant astaxanthin, which gives higher stability to feed omega-3 fatty acids and limits cellular damage. Fish fed on diets containing Qrill™ have better fillet quality, improved fat distribution and higher yield,” Dr. Burri explains.

Qrill™ feed has been thoroughly tested in both shrimp and salmon and the results are clear in that krill-fed animals eat more and grow faster than those in the control group. Commercial scale trials reported by the feed producer BioMar also find that salmon fed with krill meal had more and firmer muscle, as well as a significant reduction in melanin spots.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Aker BioMarine offers Qrill™ Aqua to customers in major aquaculture countries, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and across Southeast Asia and Australia.


Antarctic krill has proven to be very effective in reducing costly feed ingredients, including fishmeal, soybean lecithin, cholesterol and fish oil, as well as enhancing feed intake and accelerating shrimp growth in fishmeal-challenged diets. Data demonstrates that it is possible to reduce formula cost and accelerate the growth of whiteleg shrimp through low dietary inclusions of krill meal, even when adopting diets with little or no inclusion of fishmeal and high levels of plant proteins.

Dr. Alberto Nunes

Professor at LABOMAR Institute, Fortaleza, Brazil


To learn more about the research and benefits of krill meal, please visit Aker BioMarine, booth 31/32 at Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2016. Dr. Alberto Nunes and Dr. Lena Burri will be available to discuss new data and science to support the benefits of krill meal in shrimp and fish feed.

Dr. Nunes will also present new information on the use of krill products in the ‘Shrimp feeding and nutrition session’:


Astaxanthin oil from Antarctic krill improves growth and sensory caudal profile of white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, reared under hypersaline conditions


Room:  Crystal 5


A review on the use of krill meal in shrimp feeds


Room:  Crystal 5


For more information or to book an interview with Dr. Nunes, Dr. Burri or the VP Aquaculture, Nils Einar Aas, please contact:


Katrin Berntsen
Director Communication
Ph: +4792054570


About Aker BioMarine

Aker BioMarine is a leading supplier of krill-derived products to the consumer health and wellness and animal nutrition markets. Aker BioMarine is dedicated to the sustainable harvest of krill and development of krill-derived products. The company supplies biomarine ingredients through a 100% traceable supply chain. Aker BioMarine was the first krill company to be awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.


About Qrill

Qrill™ is Aker BioMarine’s registered brand name for krill products made to support animal nutrition and health. Qrill™ meal contains nutritious marine proteins and high levels of phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids and the natural antioxidant astaxanthin. It is certified sustainable and 100% traceable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

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