After seven years of presidency: European Fishmeal has a new president
The annual General Assembly of European Fishmeal (EFFOP) was held September 23rd, 2021, as an online session.
The sitting president, Johannes Palsson CEO of the Danish fishmeal producer FF Skagen, stepped down after seven years as president and Frank Trearty, general manager of the Irish fishmeal producer Pelagia Killybegs, until now vice president of EFFOP, was elected as the new president.
After his nomination, Frank Trearty thanked his successor for a job well done, and shed light on his ambitions as president of EFFOP:
“Johannes (Palsson, red.) has done a great job taking the association where it is today. We as an industry have a great benefit in cooperating in the European Fishmeal association. As we are looking into a great number of emerging challenges, the need for strong cooperation and effective secretariat is even greater in the future”.
As Frank Treaty accepted the Presidential role, the board decided unanimously that his vacant seat as Vice President should be taken over by Garðar Svavarsson, who joined the board as the representative of the Icelandic fishmeal producers instead of Johann Petur Andersen.
The board is now as follows:
- Frank Trearty, Ireland (President)
- Garðar Svavarsson, Iceland (Vice President)
- Kyrre Dale, Norway
- Johannes Palsson, Denmark
- Odd Eliasson, Faroe Islands
- Toby Parker, UK
- Toomas Kevvai, Estonia
- Roberto Casas Abeijón, Spain
Before the General assembly, the three most important certification bodies in the fishmeal sector, MSC, ASC and Marin Trust, were invited to give a presentation on where we are heading in the world of certification. EFFOP members can see the presentations on the member’s page in the conference folder.
Next year’s General Assembly will take place as part of the biennial members’ conference in Skagen, Denmark, taking place from June 1st to 3rd, 2022.
EFFOP Certification Webinar
The recorded presentation from the EFFOP Certification Webinar
Increasing fish yield reduces land and water use by up to half
A new article entitled “Environmental performance of blue foods” in the science journal Nature finds that fish and other aquatic foods (blue foods) present an opportunity for more sustainable diets with a low environmental impact.
Across all blue foods, farmed bivalves and seaweeds generate the lowest environmental impact. Capture fisheries predominantly generate greenhouse gas emissions, with small pelagic fishes generating lower emissions than all fed aquaculture fish, while farmed salmon and trout use the least land and water.
As a critical source of nutrition generating relatively low average environmental pressures, blue foods present an opportunity to improve nutrition with lower environmental burdens, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals to improve nutrition (Goal 2), ensure sustainable consumption and production (Goal 12), and sustainably use marine resources (Goal 14).
Blue foods, however, are underrepresented in food system environmental assessments and the stressors considered are limited. This article therefore examines the environmental performance across blue foods in a robust and methodological manner.
Improving feed conversion ratios reduces stressors across all fed groups, increasing fish yield reduces land and water use by up to half, and optimizing gears reduces capture fishery emissions by more than half for some groups.
To read the article click here
EFFOP Webinar on new developments in the ASC, MSC and MarinTrust standards
On 23 September, EFFOP hosted a webinar on new developments in the ASC, MSC and MarinTrust certification standards. The main focus of the webinar was the handling and certification of fish by-products for fishmeal and fish oil production.
The webinar was well attended and important for the EFFOP members in order for them to better understand the standards and their new developments.
The following presemtations where given at the webinar:
- “ASC – The need for sustainable marine ingredients” by Michiel Fransen, Director Standards and Science Department, ASC
- “The MSC program as tool for fishmeal-fishoil producers” by Camiel Derichs, Program Development Director, MSC
- “The MarinTrust Programme – standard development & recognition” by Libby Woodhatch, Executive Chair, MarinTrust Governing Body
EFFOP members can see the presentations on the members page in the Conference folder – click here
It is vital for the EFFOP members that all standards and certifications remain relevant, robust and fit for purpose.
European producers support the standards and recognize the need for full transparency, traceability and responsibility in fisheries and production of fishmeal and fish oil. However, especially in regard to Marin Trust, a further development of the standard must consider the regional diversity in fisheries and production. A one-size-fits-all is not a viable way forward as there are vast geographical differences in the regulatory environment of the fisheries and production facilities worldwide.
EFFOP strongly advice the use of a regional risk-based approach and due diligence in the Marin Trust Version 3 in line with the approach taken by ASC in their feed standard version 1 (15. June 2021) click here.
ASC has developed a standardized and stringent process for Due Diligence, and we recommend that Marin Trust aligns fully with this process. This is particularly important regarding the use of bycatch and byproducts where a similar low-risk methodology should be used in the MarinTrust standard V3.
In Europe, all fisheries are strictly regulated and subject to catch limitations at regional, national and vessel level. Control measures include access to waters, catch volumes, fishing effort, technical measures and the monitoring and registration of catches. Furthermore, all European producers are subject to strict legislations on employment, environment, and production and all production permits are based on full compliance with all relevant regulations.
The very low risk of fisheries and marine ingredients production not complying with legal, social and environmental standards must be reflected in the needs for documentation in the Marin Trust certification.
Webinar presentations by ASC, MSC and MarinTrust standards
On 23 September, EFFOP hosted a webinar on new developments in the ASC, MSC and MarinTrust certification standards.
The following presemtations where given at the webinar:
- “ASC – The need for sustainable marine ingredients” by Michiel Fransen, Director Standards and Science Department, ASC – click here
- “The MSC program as tool for fishmeal-fishoil producers” by Camiel Derichs, Program Development Director, MSC – click here
- “The MarinTrust Programme – standard development & recognition” by Libby Woodhatch, Executive Chair, MarinTrust Governing Body – click here
EUMOFA, fishmeal and fish oil