Organic Aquaculture in the EU 2022 Report
EU Taxonomy regulation – platform on Sustainable Finance
In July 2020, the EU has published and implemented a taxonomy regulation with the aim to establish a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. By doing so, it could play an important role helping the EU scale up sustainable investment and implement the European Green Deal. One of the key factors that will determine its success is the building and maintenance of close cooperation and partnership between diverse stakeholders amongst the public and private sector.
This is the goal of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, which brings together expertise on sustainability from different sectors and industries. In March 2022, this Platform published a report with recommendations on technical screening criteria, which amongst others presented guidelines on the sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources.
The report was published with a call for feedbacks to which the international non-profit organisation Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) promptly answered. They published a contribution to the call for feedbacks with general remarks and a preliminary analysis on how the Technical Screening criteria for fisheries would apply to EU fisheries. A main criticism made by MSC is that the expert group behind the report was composed of processing sector’s representatives as well as a few environmental NGOs, but no other stakeholder or fisheries experts. According to them, the report also lack transparency on the procedure followed for developing the technical screening criteria. This led to “criteria that are incomplete, unworkable, unverifiable and incoherent with EU scientific advice and fisheries legislation“. EFFOP supports the remarks made by MSC regarding the report.
These remarks will be examined on Monday, 23 May 2022 (14:30 – 18:00 CEST) during a Market Advisory Council Working Group which will take place both physically at Martin’s Brussels EU Hotel and on Zoom. You can register here to participate in the meeting.
The European Fishmeal industry will gather once again with record attendance
Finally, after postponing the 2021 conference due to Covid-19, the united European fishmeal industry will gather to share knowledge with colleagues and competitors.
This year’s conference will be in Skagen, Denmark, from June 1st – 3rd. And it seems clear from the participant’s list, that it will be a pleasant reunion. A record-high 170 people will gather in Skagen as we discuss Optimal Fisheries Management, Control, Certification, Green Claims, Energy transition and much more.
The conference will also feature a full-day excursion to Europe’s largest producer of fishmeal and fish oil, FF Skagen A/S, Skagen Harbour and Karstensens Shipyard,
Denmarks largest shipyard.
The title of this year’s conference is “Responsible Production – The European Way”. According to Anne Mette, Managing director of European Fishmeal, the title is twofold:
“We wish to discuss best practices in responsible and sustainable production, such as decreasing our carbon footprint, but at the same time underline that the European way of doing things is responsible at its core,” says Anne Mette Bæk.
When looking at this year’s program it is easy to recognize “Responsible Production” as the silver lining, with titles such as “How a science/industry partnership promotes sustainability in fisheries management“, “Why seafood traceability is important in an era of Climate change” and “Sustainable production in energy-intensive industries“.