The combined sales of global fishmeal and fish oil production is reaching USD 10 billion yearly. (Photo: IFFO/FIS)
Fishmeal and fish oil sector must show sustainability: IFFO
Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 03:50 (GMT + 9)
The fishmeal and fish oil industry must take complete accountability and show it can be sustainable, said International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) Director General Jonathan Shepherd at the group’s annual conference in Beijing.
“Taking responsibility is a ‘must’ for the industry,” he declared. “Chile and Peru have taken responsibility by adopting rights-based fishery management.”
“IFFO is taking responsibility by defending the industry against the ever-changing criticisms with sound science and by forming closer links and alliances with government and the value chain. On standards, we introduced the IFFO Responsible Supply certification programme (IFFO-RS) 12 months ago,” he continued.
Already, over 20 per cent of worldwide fishmeal and fish oil production capacity is certified under the programme, which is founded on the vital elements of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
Technical Director Dr Andrew Jackson said the Standard is now being extended to include use of by-product raw material plus whole fish, and that IFFO is now trying a chain of custody addition to let companies advanced in the supply chain apply for IFFO-RS certification.
“IFFO’s proposed Improvers’ Programme is based on a tried and tested approach – an independent assessment of the management improvement needs of a fishery, getting stakeholders together and agreeing on management changes,” said Dr Duncan Leadbitter of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). “Everybody benefits – fishermen can work towards a long term income and buyers towards an assured product stream, and the environment benefits as well.”
Shepherd said the combined sales of global fishmeal and fish oil production is reaching USD 10 billion yearly and spoke about creating and adding value.
“Given the finite supply of marine ingredients, the industry is increasingly focused on the strategic use of fishmeal and fish oil at critical stages in the life cycle where they offer the greatest value to the growing animal,” he stated. “Our industry is also the main source of the healthy omega-3s, EPA and DHA, and the market is expanding rapidly with growing interest in fish proteins and amino acids as well.”
Some 90 per cent of commercially available EPA and DHA comes from fish oil.
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