New report predicts a promising future for food from the ocean
A new report concludes that better management and technological innovations can make it possible to harvest and produce more than six times as much food from the ocean than we do today. Such an amount accounts for more than two thirds of the animal protein that is necessary to feed the growing global population. The report is called “The Future of Food from the Sea” and it is the first of 16 Blue Papers ordered by the initiative “High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy”. You can find the report here. The High Level Panel works with governments, experts and stakeholders from around the world as they aim to develop a roadmap for rapidly transitioning to a sustainable ocean economy, and to trigger, amplify and accelerate responsive action worldwide. It consists of the presidents or prime ministers of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal, and is supported by an Expert Group, Advisory Network and Secretariat that assist with analytical work, communications and stakeholder engagement.
The report also is mentioned by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) which is one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe. They estimate that, in the future, the oceans can produce 364 million tonnes of animal protein from fish farming and fishing if the predictable changes are made in relation to the management and technology development. Looking into the potential of the ocean is important as it can help provide a lot of the food necessary to feed the growing population.
EUfishmeal welcomes the recommendations in the new report and looks forward to the other papers coming from the High Level Panel.
Find the article from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research here.
European Fishmeal’s managing director will be the new president of IFFO
We are happy to announce that managing director of European Fishmeal, Anne Mette Bæk, will be the new president of IFFO (The Marine Ingredients Organisation) from 1 January 2020 and two years ahead. IFFO is an international trade organisation that presents the producers of fishmeal and fish oil. With a network reaching across 55 countries, members of IFFO account for over 60% of the global production and 80% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. IFFO aims to raise standards of responsibility and nutrition in the global marine ingredients industry.
As the new president, Anne Mette supports IFFO’s considerations of minimum requirements to be a member of the organization. She emphasizes that even though the board would like for IFFO to expand, it is important that only responsible producers get to be a part of the organization.
Read more details here:
- IFFO announce new presidential team for 2020-21 at Undercurrent News
- IFFO announces incoming President and Vice President for 2020-2021 at AquaFeed
- Baek takes over at IFFO at FishFarmingExpert
- IFFO announces new president at Intrafish
- IFFO announces the incoming President and Vice President for the period 2020-2021 at FIS, Fish Information & Services
Comment on the DanWatch article
In the article ”We are eating the poor man’s fish”, DanWatch (a Danish media and research centre) presents a number of claims which EUfishmeal would like to comment on.
In the paragraph “Five kilos of fish for one kilo of fishmeal”, the heading is the only claim that gets somehow close to the truth. In the production of fishmeal and fish oil, it is normal to calculate a reduction of approx. 25% from raw material (whole fish and trimmings) to the final product, but from here the argument loses its way.
Salmon is considered a very feed effective type of food. This is typically calculated in FCR or FER (feed conversion rate or feed efficiency rate) which when calculated in scientific research typically result in approx. one for salmon. This means that for each kilogram of feed given to a salmon, it will gain about one kilogram. Furthermore, even though salmonids are some of the species which require the most fishmeal and -oil, these products will only typically make up 25% of a feed mixture where the rest will consist of vegetable ingredients such as plants, soy, etc. In addition, 25% of fishmeal and fish oil come from trimmings from fish filleting factories and fish processing which through simple calculation shows that it will take less than a kg of wild caught fish for one kg of salmon. For other fish farming species such as freshwater fish and shellfish which require a smaller part of fishmeal and fish oil in their feed, it takes even less wild caught fish to produce one kg of farmed fish. This is also completely in line with the newest research on “Fish In – Fish Out” which has been made by IFFO and revised by EU’s Aquaculture Advisory Council.
The article is a part of a series which also mentions that “according to FAO, 85 percent of the world’s fish stocks today have reached their maximum limits for fishing or are about to collapse” and quotes FAO’s latest report. However, this claim is hard to find in the report. It turns out that with some creative calculation, the alleged 85% includes the stocks that are fished on a basis of the scientifically supported sustainable levels of fishing, i.e. MSY – “maximum sustainable yield”. MSY is widely considered and often used as the sustainable objective when annual fishing quotas are scientifically adviced and politically decided. Additionally, recent experience shows that scare campaigns about fishing collapses should not always be taken seriously (Danish article).
Moreover, it is claimed that “nearly half of all fish meal and fish oil imported for the EU goes to Denmark.” Seen in isolation, this is not incorrect, but the reason behind it is that Denmark is among the world’s largest exporters of fishmeal and fish oil. A lot of the products are therefore simply in Denmark as the country functions as an intermediate link due to our geographical position before the products are e.g. sent to Norway which has the world’s largest aquaculture production.
Video: Europen Fishmeal workshop on sustainability and responsible sourcing 2019
Once again, thank you for attending our workshop on sustainability and responsible sourcing. Here you will find a video from the workshop:
If you want to see the presentations and read about the findings from the workshop, click here.