New members join EFFOP once again
We are happy to announce that EFFOP has accepted three new members, two producers and one associated.
On the producer’s side, we greet Aquaculture Resources Limited, a Maltese fishmeal and fish oil producer focusing on tuna byproducts, who plan to enter operation in September of 2022. We also welcome Venta FM, our new producing member from Latvia. As both will be the sole member of their respective countries, they are also offered a seat on EFFOP’s executive board.
As an associated members, we welcome FM Bulk Handling – Fjordvejs, who specializes in efficient low-impact transport and processing of dry bulk products and develop, manufacture and service complete plant facilities, individual machines and everything in between. You can read more about their solutions targeting fishmeal here.
We hope to see all of our new members represented at EFFOPs biennial meeting in Skagen Denmark, on June 1st to 3rd 2022.
EFFOP comments to Marin Trust V3 proposed clauses for by-products
Marin Trust is in the process of developing a version 3 of their Standard and on Thursday 20th January 2022 held a Workshop to present and discuss the proposed clauses for by-products.
EFFOP participated in the workshop and coordinated the views of EFFOP members towards the proposed changes to the Marin Trust certification for by-products.
The EFFOP feedback to Marin Trust was along these lines:
- It is vital that MarinTrust Version 3 remains relevant, robust, and fit for purpose.
- The MarinTrust system must be effective and create as little workload as possible for all involved in the certification process.
- By-products are considered a sustainable raw material that should be better utilized and too many rules and requirements for traceability will result in reduced use of by-products because it becomes too complex and costly to manage small batches.
- European producers support Marin Trust and recognize the need for full transparency, traceability and responsibility in fisheries and production of fishmeal and fish oil. However, a further development of the Marin Trust 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.
- It should be reflected, that for by-products the fishmeal factory is not the firsthand – but the secondhand – buyer. The firsthand buyer – and supplier of the by-products – is responsible for all registration and information about species or mix of species as well as their traceability.
- In Europe, firsthand buyers and suppliers of the by-products follow EU and national laws and regulations for traceability of buying and selling fish. The factories can document and trace the by-products one step back – to the information received in the sales document from the supplier. The supplier is responsible for traceability and has information about origin of the fish by-product.
- By law we do not have any IUU-fishery in any European countries.
- The European fishmeal industry supports the circular economy. The use of trimmings for fish meal are considered to be sustainable. All customers, including the salmon business, backs this approach. This is also supported by the ASC-standard.
Economist Impact: Wolrd Ocean Summit Virtual Week
The 9th annual World Ocean Summit will take place online from March 1st-4th 2022. Attendees can join the summit from anywhere in the world, free of charge.
This global event will take place over four days, and will bring together the broadest cross-section of the ocean community, from businesses to scientists, government, investors, and civil society. It will feature six industry tracks: shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy, tourism, and plastics.
Network with 5,000+ attendees and hear from more than 100 speakers as they provide checks on how their industries are progressing towards 2030 targets, and what needs to happen next. Sessions will address cross-industry topics including ocean finance, governance, and restoration solutions. Speakers will discuss the finance gap, assess new technologies and highlight successful initiatives that are beginning to make an impact on ocean health.
- Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general, UN and chair, UN Sustainable Development Group
- Virginijus Sinkevičius, commissioner for environment, oceans, and fisheries, European Commission
- Peter Thomson, special envoy for the ocean, UN
- Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, minister of climate change and environment, UAE
- Maya Gabeira, professional big wave surfer, activist and board member, Oceana
- Scott Eastwood, actor, entrepreneur and environmental activist
- Jane Ewing, senior vice-president for sustainability, Walmart
- Peggy Kalas, director, High Seas Alliance
View the full agenda and speaker line-up here.
The EU Aquaculture Sector – Economic report 2020
The MSC is reviewing and revising their certification standards
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has published proposed updates to its MSC fisheries standard. According to MSC the proposed changes will ensure that MSC and MSC-certified fish continue to be world leading in sustainability. The standard is important to the fishmeal industry and we follow closely new developments in the standard.
MSC has opened a 60-day consultation period from 1 February 2022 to 4 April 2022 where all stakeholders are welcome to provide comments to the proposed changes.
The proposed changes to the Standard includes the following issues (click the link for more information about the proposed changes):
- Changes to the scope of the MSC program
- Clarifying best practice for reducing impacts on endangered, threatened and protected and out of scope species
- Identifying further solutions to ensure MSC certified fisheries are not involved in shark finning
- Supporting the prevention of gear loss and ghost fishing
- Reviewing Principle 1 with a focus on harvest strategies
- Ensuring effective fisheries management systems are in place
- Changes to the Fisheries Certification Process including those related to the harmonisation of assessments
- Ensuring habitat performance indicators are clear and consistently applied
- Ensuring ecosystem performance indicators are clear and consistently applied
- Clarifying requirements for modified assessment trees for enhanced bivalves, salmon and introduced species
- Requirements for managing fish stocks including requirements for dynamic fisheries, low tropic level (LTL) species and Inseparable or practicably inseparable (IPI) stocks, and specific requirements for crabs, squid and octopus
- Making the MSC Fisheries Standard more efficient
- Ensuring the Risk-Based Framework continues to deliver precautionary and consistent assessments for data-limited fisheries
To take part in an online survey and comment on whether the proposed revisions to the Standard are effective and can be feasibly applied and audited:
Stakeholders are invited to take part in an online survey and comment on whether the proposed revisions to the Standard are effective and can be feasibly applied and audited. The proposed Standard documents can be accessed. To take part in the online survey and download the proposed Standard documents click here
EFFOP now member of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council
The Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) Executive Committee has accepted EFFOP as member. At a meeting on 17 January 2022 Søren Anker Pedersen gave a presentation of EFFOP. In the Baltic, EFFOPs members are based in Denmark, Germany and Estonia, however, more members from the Baltic are are expected. Søren presented the production process, the nutritional value of the products, potential for an increase in marine proteins, as well as its contribution towards climate change mitigation and removal of dioxins. There was generally positive feedback from BSAC members on the EFFOP presentation.
The BSAC Secretary informed that the Member States had not opposed the application submitted by EFFOP to become member of BSAC. Therefore, EFFOP was accepted as member of the BSAC.
More information of the BSAC, the BSAC meetings and the presentation given about EFFOP can be found here