Overview of published EU Regulations in the area of feed in the second half of 2022

2022.12.29

The EFFOP secretariat has prepared an overview of relevant EU legislation in the field of feed that has been published or amended in the second half of 2022.

The overview will be updated in cases of new or changed legislation.

Please see the latest version of the overview below.

EFFOP – Overview of published EU Regulations in the feed area in the second half of 2022

Addressing China’s global distant water fleet activities – implications for fisheries governance

2022.12.15

The Market Advisory Council (MAC) has, in collaboration with the Long Distance Fleet Advisory Council (LDAC), prepared recommendations for the European Commission on China’s global distant water fleet activities implications for fisheries governance.

The cooperation between EU and China in fighting IUU fishing is in progress, but the LDAC and the MAC are concerned that the rapid expansion of the Chinese distant water fishing fleet, numerous cases of illegal fishing identified and the global impact of its vast, unsustainable, and opaque activities calls for imminent action. The two advisory councils have therefore prepared common recommendations for the European Commission to step up its engagement with China to secure high sustainability standards and transparency.

The recommendations relate to the following topics:
– Transparency
– Capacity building
– Fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUI) fishing
– Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement
– Subsidies
– Trade and Social Rights
– Development Cooperation

European Fishmeal is an active member of the Market Advisory Council (MAC) and supports the initiative and the commitment to address this important topic. 

This topic is important and entails also political attention. The European Parliament has published the study “Role and impact of China on world fisheries and aquaculture”. In this study, the European Parliament suggests a series of recommendations focusing on how to best protect the EU against unfair global competition practices. Among others, the European Parliament encourage the industry to set requirements when cooperating with China.

Read more about the specific recommendations from The Market Advisory Council here.

Read more about the European Parliament’s published study here.

Council approves EU fishing opportunities for 2023

2022.12.13

After two days of council negotiations, the EU ministers of fisheries finalised an agreement on the EU fishing opportunities for 2023. The fishing opportunities are based on biological advices. Determining the fishing opportunities according to the biological advice has been supported during the process by European Fishmeal.

The agreement includes catch limits, also known as ‘total allowable catches’ (TACs), for over 200 commercial fish stocks. The stocks include among other species some used for the extraction of fishmeal and fish oil. 

Read the official press release from the Council here.

Negotiations between EU-UK and EU-NO

More than 100 of stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea are co-managed with the United Kingdom. An agreement between the EU-UK has been reached, read about the agreement here

European Fishmeal welcomes the agreement on fishing opportunities for 2023 in EU and EU-UK waters. The finalized bilateral negosiations between EU-NO is expected to come to an agreement soon and it is needed in order to start the 2023 with good opportunities for producers of fishmeal and fish oil.

Environmental Social Governance (ESG) webinar held on December 8, 2022

2022.12.9

Companies, including the fishmeal and fish oil industry, are facing new comprehensive regulations from the EU, which among other things make new demands on the companies’ work with ESG reporting, taxonomy and due diligence.

European Fishmeal and Fish Oil Producers and KPMG Law Advokatfirma P/S held an online webinar about ESG trends and its legal landscape on December 8, 2022. Gitte Sloth from KPMG Law Advokatfirma P/S presented an overview of the legal ESG landscape and its importance for the fishmeal and fish oil industry in Europe.

The webinar was attended by representatives from both EFFOP members and associated members. The members gained a good insight into the new rules and had the chance to pose question to Gitte Sloth.

Please see the presentation from KPMG Law Advokatfirma P/S here and watch the video-recording below:

Comments from EFFOP to the “Energy transition of the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector”

2022.12.2

The European Commission has issued a call for evidence on the initiative on energy transition of the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector.

We have responded to the Commission’s call of evidence and particularly highlighted two main points: 

A part of the fishery and aquaculture sector 

The fishmeal and fish oil industry is energy intensive – this has, among other things, become particularly noticeable in 2022 with fluctuations in energy prices. EFFOP therefore supports the background for the Commission’s initiative and the need for a strategy that sets the course for an energy transition within the fishery and aquaculture sector.

The fishmeal and fish oil industry is part of the overall value chain and thus part of the sector. In certain cases, the definition of ‘sector’ does not include the fishmeal and fish oil industry which makes it difficult for the industry – both in practice and within the legislation – to contribute to the overall energy transition.

Equal access to funding possibilities 

The fishmeal and fish oil industry is committed to an energy transition in order to achieve the overall goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. However, the processing fish industry is currently the only industry in Europe without access to governmental funds in the energy transition. EFFOP has in its contribution urged the Commission to work with measures that ensure equal opportunities for funding in the energy transition of the fishery and aquaculture sector. 

Read more about the Commission’s call for evidence on the energy transition of the fishery and aquaculture sector here: Call for evidence – Energy transition of EU fisheries and aquaculture