Summary from coastal state negotiations on mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandinavian herring for 2020 and TAC overview

2019.10.30

Summary

The coastal state negotiations for the management of mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandinavian herring in 2020 took place on 15-24 October 2019 and passed without any big surprises. The EU, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Russia and Greenland participated. In addition to the European Commission, the Council Secretariat and the Finnish Presidency, the EU delegation also participated in the UK, IR, ES, FR, SE, DE, NL and DK.

For all three stocks, coastal states set the total catch for 2020 in accordance with the advice of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, ICES. There were no significant comments on the advice from the coastal states.
There were no substandard discussions on distribution, neither adding new parties to the EU, Norway and Faroe Islands mackerel agreement nor distribution agreements for herring and blue whiting.

The EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands have agreed on the quotas for mackerel under the 2014 mackerel agreement. Iceland and Greenland are still outside the agreement. There was criticism of the quota increase made by IS, GL and the CoR in mid-2019 in the light of revised advice from ICES, with the EU, NO and FO refraining from revising the quotas. There were no discussions on measures as a result of the quota increase against the parties outside the mackerel agreement.

A preliminary TAC and quota overview for 2020 can be downloaded here.

 

You can find the signed “agreed records” below.

Mackerel agreement for 2020 between EU-NO-FO 17.10.2019

Norwegian Spring-Spawn (Atlanto-Scandian) Herring – Agreed Record (23-24 October 2019)

Blue Whiting – Agreed Record (22-23 October 2019)

Mackerel EU-NO agreement for 2020 from 17.10.2019

Mackerel license agreement 17.10.2019

 

Responsible sourcing in the European fishmeal and fish oil industry

2019.10.30

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has released their 2019 reduction fisheries report in which they conclude that 88 percent of the catch for leading European and Latin American fisheries used for fishmeal and fish oil comes from fisheries that are at least “reasonably well-managed.” The report states that “All of the fisheries already have relatively good management schemes in place.”

SFP quotes Dave Robb, Sustainability director at Cargill, who says that “Fish meal and fish oil are important feed ingredients that provide key nutrients to farmed shrimp and fish.” However, responsible sourcing is key. It is therefore very positive that Dave Martin, deputy programs director at SFP, says that “the fishmeal and fish oil industry in Europe and Latin America has built a good track record of responsible sourcing.”

 

You can read more about SFP’s 2019 reduction fisheries report and download it here.

Findings from workshop on sustainability and responsible sourcing of marine ingredients

2019.10.28

The EUfishmeal workshop on sustainability and responsible sourcing of marine ingredients on 25 October attracted more than 70 participants from various European countries.

EUfishmeal were happy to have so many dedicated and expert speakers on the podium and the lively panel debates touched upon issues central to all stakeholders: from fisheries biology and certification to sustainable production and sale.

Keynote speaker was professor Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen, who gave an inspiring presentation of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda with a warning not to make the same mistakes in the oceans as had been made on land.

Central to the workshop was how the fisheries, the governments, the industry, the feed and pet food manufacturers as well as the retailers and consumers can work together to define and implement clear criteria for a sustainable production and use of marine resources.

From the European producers of fishmeal and fish oil the final message was clear:

  • We are fully committed to UN development goals and responsible and sustainable sourcing.
  • We will continue working with this agenda and are thankful for the input and constructive dialogue on the workshop
  • We, if any, have an interest in taking good care of our oceans and fish stocks – our livelihood – our future.
  • Common challenges require common solutions. We wish to be part of the solutions; sustainability is a part of our DNA.
  • The oceans contribute with 50% of the global biological production but we humans only collect 2% of our food from the oceans: Sustainable and responsible harvesting of the oceans can secure food for the growing population in the world.

 

Workshop programme and presentations

Sustainability and responsible sourcing of marine ingredients

10:00: Registration and coffee

Setting the scene

10:15 Welcome and start of workshop – Johannes Palsson, Chairman of EUfishmeal. To see the presentation click here.

10:25 The UN Sustainable Development Agenda – UN SDGs, by Professor Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen. To see the presentation click here.

Sustainable sourcing and certification in Europe

10:40 Fisheries research and provision of advice on sustainable management, by Fritz Köster, CEO at DTU Aqua and president of ICES. To see the presentation click here.

10:50 Balanced harvesting in a variable and uncertain world: a case study from the Barents Sea. Senior scientist Daniel Howell, IMR, Norway. To see the presentation click here.

11:00 Fish In – Fish Out ratios explained, by Neil Auchterlonie, Technical director, IFFO. To see the presentation click here.

11:10 Panel-discussion: “Sourcing”, with questions/comments from the floor.

11:40 Coffee break

12:00 IFFO RS – responsible supply, by Francisco Aldon, General Manager IFFO RS. To see the presentation click here.

12:10  MSC program and reduction fisheries, including an update on certified supply, challenges key supply fisheries for reduction need to meet, and how MSC builds capacity and support towards fisheries in transition to MSC, by Camiel Derichs, Programme Development Director. Presented by Ole Schmidt, Senior Programme Engagement Manager. To see the presentation click here.

12:20 ASC Responsible feed standard by Michiel Fransen, Head of standards and science. To see the presentation click here.

12:30 Responsible soy sourcing – the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines, by Anton van den Brink, Senior Policy & Communication Manager, FEFAC. To see the presentation click here.

12:40 Panel discussion, “Certification”, with questions/comments from the floor.

13:15 Lunch

A view from NGO’s, market and consumers

14:00 How to develop product environmental footprints – presentation by Preben Kristensen, coordinator, Nordic environmental footprint group. To see the presentation click here.

14:10 Compassion in World Farming – “Until the Seas run Dry”, by Natasha Hurley, Campaign Manager, Changing Markets. To see the presentation click here.

14:20 Sustainable feed, by Dave Robb, Sustainability director, Cargill Animal nutrition. To see the presentation click here.

14:30 Coffee break

14:45 Responsible sourcing of ingredients for Pet Food, by Phil Jones, Procurement Director EMENA – Raw Materials, Nestlé Purina PetCare. To see the presentation click here.

14:55 Responsible sourcing – a view from retail by Pernille Hartington, project leader, CSR, COOP. To see the presentation click here.

15:05 Panel discussion, “NGO’s and markets session ”, with questions/comments from the floor.

15:35 Summary and lessons learned + next steps. To see the presentation click here.

16:00 Thank you and good-bye

 

Conclusions from the European Fishmeal conference on improved fisheries management models

2019.10.9

On October 8, 2019, European Fishmeal, together with the Nordic Marine Think Tank (NMTT), hosted a Conference on Improved Fisheries Management Models to discuss the Fmsy project* and consider a way forward the management of North Atlantic Fisheries. The Conference included stakeholders from government agencies dealing with fisheries management, international fisheries management organisations, NGOs and the fishing industry.

The Fmsy project has involved internationally highly recognized scientists and estimates Fmsy values based on ecosystem functioning for specific North Atlantic fish stocks and some relevant stocks from the sea off North America.

The fish stock assessment models currently used in the North east Atlantic ignore important aspects of ecosystem functioning in terms of density dependent population dynamics with respect to growth, sexual maturity and mortality as well as species relations. This leads to a considerable underestimation of the fishing pressure (Fmsy) and the level of maximum sustainable yield (MSY), a central reference point in fisheries management.

The central conclusion of the project is that managing the Northeast Atlantic fisheries using the new Fmsy values would increase the sustainable catch by several million tons per year. Furthermore, the Fmsy values estimated in the project can be applied directly by ICES in their advice, and subsequently be adopted by management bodies in their current fisheries management.

Conference participants defined the key issue of present fisheries management regimes and practices as one of substantial “under-achievement” as present practice leave in the sea a potential benefit which could be made available for fishing communities and society at large. Participants recalled that the Fmsy project’s findings show that, on average, North Atlantic stocks could return 30 per cent more than is currently the case, and this without added risk for overfishing.

The meeting participants recommended that a working group under the ICES umbrella is set up to review and validate the work of the Fmsy project, and also to consider how it may be integrated with ICES advice. The European Commission and/or Member countries of ICES should request such work to be commenced. The Nordic fishing nations have a clear interest in seeing that the new Fmsy values are implemented, and that it happens urgently. The suggested ICES Working Group could recommend a fast-track application of the results of the Fmsy project.

*)  ”Ecosystem Based Fmsy Values in Fisheries Management”, see www.fmsyproject.net.

Presentations

  • Welcome and Introductions. Anne Mette Bæk, Director European Fishmeal, and Carl-Christian Schmidt, NMTT Chair:
  • Introduction and Overview of the results of the Fmsy project – Henrik Sparholt, Project Leader, and Petur Steingrund, Faroe Marine Research Institute:  to see the presentations click here and click here 
  • Views from the fishmeal sector by Johannes Palsson, President European Fishmeal: to see the presentations click here
  • What are the economic gains from changing fisheries management? Esben Sverdrup Jensen, Chair Pelagic Advisory Committee: to see the presentations click here
  • A view from the Danish Fisheries Organisation. Michael Andersen, chief biologist Danish Fishermen’s Association:to see the presentations click here
  • How fisheries policy makers can help move the agenda forwards. Ole Toft, Danish Director of Fisheries Policy: to read the notes for the speech click here
  • Panel discussion with participants. Panel to consist of Mogens Schou, Poul Degnbol  outlining a way forward for fisheries management. Moderated by Anne Mette Bæk and Carl-Christian Schmidt:

Workshop on Plastics and the Seafood Supply Chain

2019.10.9

The Market Advisory Council (MAC) will hold a workshop on plastics and the seafood supply chain on 7 November 2019 at Rue de la Loi 102 (SCIC), Brussels.

Pollution from plastic waste is growing and vast amounts of plastic end up in the oceans. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together members of the MAC and other Advisory Councils with experts and scientists to explore in both broader and greater detail the impact of plastics on fisheries and market actors.

Registration details will follow.

 

Invitation: Workshop on sustainability and responsible sourcing of marine ingredients

2019.10.1

EUfishmeal is happy to invite you to a workshop on sustainability and responsible sourcing of fishmeal and fish oil on Friday 25 October 2019, 10.00-16.00 at Axelborg, Axeltorv 3, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sustainability is top on the agenda throughout the seafood value chain.

At this workshop we focus on the different perceptions of sustainability and how the fishery, the governments, the industry, the feed and petfood manufacturers and the retailers and consumers can work together to define and implement clear criteria for sustainable production and use of marine resources.

Good management of the fisheries and full traceability of the fish from the catch to the producer is already in place in Europe, but how can we get this message through to the end users?

Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

To participate in the workshop: click here

Workshop programme

Sustainability and responsible sourcing of marine ingredients

10:00 Registration and coffee
Setting the scene
10:15 Welcome and start of workshop – EUfishmeal
10:25 The UN Sustainable Development Agenda – UN SDGs, by Professor Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen
Sustainable sourcing and certification in Europe
10:40 Fisheries research and provision of advice on sustainable management, by Fritz Köster, CEO at DTU Aqua and president of ICES
10:50 Balanced harvesting in a variable and uncertain world: a case study from the Barents Sea. Senior scientist Daniel Howell, IMR, Norway
11:00 Fish In – Fish Out ratios explained, by Neil Auchterlonie, Technical director, IFFO
11:10 Panel-discussion: “Sourcing”, with questions/comments from the floor.
11:40 Coffee break
12:00 IFFO RS – responsible supply, by Francisco Aldon, General Manager IFFO RS
12:10 MSC program and reduction fisheries, including an update on certified supply, challenges key supply fisheries for reduction need to meet, and how MSC builds capacity and support towards fisheries in transition to MSC, by Camiel Derichs, Programme Development Director
12:20 ASC Responsible feed standard by Michiel Fransen, Head of standards and science
12:30 Responsible soy sourcing – the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines, by Anton van den Brink, Senior Policy & Communication Manager, FEFAC
12:40 Panel discussion, “Certification”, with questions/comments from the floor.
13:15 Lunch
A view from NGO’s, market and consumers
14:00 How to develop product environmental footprints – presentation by Preben Kristensen, coordinator, Nordic environmental footprint group
14:10 Compassion in World Farming – “Until the Seas run Dry”, by Natasha Hurley, Campaign Manager, Changing Markets
14:20 Sustainable feed, by Dave Robb, Sustainability director, Cargill Animal nutrition
14:30 Coffee break
14:45 Responsible sourcing of ingredients for Pet Food, by Phil Jones, Procurement Director EMENA – Raw Materials, Nestlé Purina PetCare
14:55 Responsible sourcing – a view from retail by Pernille Hartington, project leader, CSR, Coop
15:05 Panel discussion, “NGO’s and markets session ”, with questions/comments from the floor.
15:35
Summary and lessons learned + next steps
16:00 Thank you and good-bye