Environmentally sound production of proteins
Due to consumer demand for premium feed and food, there is a need to develop the production of proteins so it will be both economically and environmentally sound.
This is said about the production of plant proteins, but it is just as valid when it comes to the production of other proteins such as marine ones.
The annual European production of fishmeal is roughly 500,000 metric tonnes, and through the use waste products from the fishing industry fishmeal is likewise a sustainable source of protein.
BLOG: EUfishmeal on ASC’s statement on plant sourced fish feed
EUfishmeal welcomes the move, announced by The Aquaculture Stewardship Council in Intrafish today, to now start the approval of a standard for plant ingredients used to produce aquaculture feed products.
EUfishmeal agrees that it makes very good sense to demand the same level of sustainability of plant-based ingredients as is provided by marine ingredients. As explained by Michiel Fransen from ASC, the aquaculture industry has tended to ignore the fact that soy, corn and wheat may have an equal (if not larger) environmental and social footprint than fishmeal and fish oil. Also, the feed producers and NGOs tend to think that replacing fishmeal and fish oil with soy meal and palm oil makes the feed more sustainable. In many cases, this is far from the truth.
The fishmeal and fish oil producers have a proven focus on responsibility and provide certified products based on a sustainable exploitation of natural resources. EUfishmeal finds it positive that the ASC standard in the future will expand these requirements to feed ingredients and thus help reduce the use of harmful chemicals and deforestation.
Anne Mette Bæk
Director of EUfishmeal
Read the full article on the Intrafish website.