June 24, 2015


This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A booming fish oil market, plus strong snails and mussels help sore muscles.

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Fish oils have gained fame for their healthy omega-3 boosts, but usage by humans fall way behind that of fish farmers. Their needs will push the global market value of fish oils to $1.7 billion by 2018, driven by China’s booming aquaculture industry. That’s according to a new report called the Global Fish Oil Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 – 2018 by Transparency Market Research.

Fish oil in aquaculture accounts for over 75 per cent of the global demand; much of it comes from ‘industrialized fisheries’ such as anchovies and menhaden.

Nine Alaska seafood companies are currently producing fish oils – in 2010 the volume was about 26 million pounds, valued at $15 million. The trend is growing, says economist Matt Catterson with the state Commerce Department.

 “The global trend is utilizing all of the resources is a reality. There isn’t necessarily going to be more fish available to catch and process so increasing the value of what you catch and process is how the industry will grow in Alaska. And this is not news to any of the seafood companies operating in Alaska.”

The value of snails could increase following news that the teeth of the humble limpet are made of the strongest biological materials ever found.  The teeth carve out and anchor the snails to rocks. Using an atomic force microscope, UK researchers found that the snail tooth material was five times stronger than spider silk.

Finally, an Indiana School of Public Health study has revealed that mussels can help relieve aching muscles. In tests with 32 men, those given a pre-exercise supplement containing oil lipids from New Zealand green mussels had significant positive effects – including less muscle soreness, less strength loss and fatigue and inflammation.

In previous studies, the oil also has reduced effects of arthritis and other health problems. A company called Pharmalink International is marketing the mussel oil supplements under the Omega XL brand.

The story is featured in the Feb. issue of Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
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