EFFOP General Assembly 2022

2022.6.14

On June 1st, 2022, EFFOP held its annual general assembly. Neither the chair nor the vice-chair was up for election, and the Executive Committee continued unchanged.

The Excom members are:

  • Frank Trearty, Ireland (Chair)
  • Gardar Svavarsson, Iceland (Vice-chair)
  • Christian Bisgaard, Germany, France and Spain
  • Johannes Palsson, Denmark
  • Kyrre Dale, Norway
  • Toby Parker, UK
  • Odd Eliasson, Faroe Islands
  • Toomas Kevvai, Estonia
  • Janis Zoldners, Latvia
  • Charles Goudon, Malta

At the meeting the chair gave his president report of the main activity in the year 2021 and first months of 2022.

President Report

Welcome to the Annual General Assembly 2022 of European Fishmeal, the association of European fishmeal and fish oil producers.

This report covers the main activity in the year 2021 and first months of 2022.

This year´s general assembly will once again be a physical meeting after two years of online general assemblies.

We are also very happy to welcome a record high number of attendees for our biennial conference June 1-2 in Skagen, Denmark, that we had to postpone from last year.

Membership
In the last year we have welcomed several new members to European Fishmeal and Fish Oil Producers (in short European Fishmeal or EFFOP).

Producer members are national associations or single producers from Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, France, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Spain, and UK. Producer members are represented in the Executive Board. Non-producing associated members are Alfa Laval, GEA, Haarslev, Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organization for Pelagic Fish, Hedinn, PerkinElmer, JS Proputec, Unit-Pump, Monts, 3A Antioxidants, Fish Facts, Fjell technology and FM Bulk handling.

2021 Budget
At the General Assembly 2020, a budget of 116,000 Euro was adopted for 2021.

The contribution of national members is based on the total production of the company (also when transnational) they represent. Fee calculation is based on the production two years previous, as this allows the annual GA to adopt budget and fees for the coming year. Associated members pay a fixed, uniform fee.

 2021 New strategy
The increased activity and membership of EFFOP led to the formulation of a new strategy and well-defined KPIs by the board in 2021 reflecting the wish for EFFOP to play a more prominent role in representing the interests of the fishmeal industry in EU-regulations affecting the industry.

EU decisions have a strong impact on the laws and policies that determine business operations. Global challenges such as climate change, food production systems, trade policy and energy taxation go beyond national borders, and consequently, political powers and competences are shifting from nation-states towards the EU institutions. That is why having a presence and network in Brussels is of growing importance to build alliances with decision makers and industry associations and make sure our voice is heard when future legislation is drafted.

The strategic actions are grouped into general issues and specific policy areas and technical focus points respectively.

On general issues the focus on the secretariat is on:

  • building a strong Brussels-based network,
  • providing effective internal and external communication,
  • maintaining EU Advisory Council influence and
  • organizing member conferences of high value to members.

On specific policy areas and technical focus points the secretariat is actively engaged in:

  • development and functioning of relevant certifications and standards,
  • contributing to relevant research projects
  • following and engaging in TAC and quota setting.

Strategic actions on specific regulations are defined as:

  • representing the interest of EFFOP in the current SA BREF revision,
  • lobbying for the Commission to set general rules for the weighing of catches from small pelagic fisheries and fisheries for industrial purposes landed fresh and unsorted in line with the EFFOP industry standard,
  • Continuing to lobby for the possibility for HC oil production by arguing that the hygiene regulations allow for the reception and processing of different types of raw materials in the same facility, separating the production in time,
  • Arguing for an amendment of the EU feed ban to allow fishmeal as feed for ruminants,
  • Screening of relevant EFSA initiatives and regulations on persistent organic pollutants and action when needed,
  • Following closely initiatives in the Fit for 55 package and establishing a policy on energy in dialogue with the EFFOP board,
  • Development of Life Cycle Analysis for EFFOP production on fishmeal and fish oil and representing the industry in development of EU PEF Category rules.

Meeting activity
In line with the strategy and newly defined priorities the EFFOP secretariat has established closer contact to relevant industry associations such as FEFAC, Copa Cocega, EFPRA, Petfood Manufacturers Association, Supplements Europe as well as to relevant representatives from EFFOP member states in Brussels, European parliamentarians, and European Commission representatives.

The secretariat set up meetings with industry associations and DG Santé in Brussels in March 2022 to discuss some of the most pressing regulatory issues such as the fish oil for human consumption, feed ban for ruminants, new EFSA opinion on ethoxyquin, use of animal byproducts for biogas and the energy directive.

For the future there is an ambition to increase technical knowledge and establish better screening for new legislation in areas such as energy, environment, food, feed, fisheries, PEFCR, taxonomy regulation.

European Advisory Councils
European Fishmeal is now member of five EU Advisory Councils, as membership of the Baltic Sea AC and the North Sea AC has recently been transferred from Marine Ingredients Denmark to EFFOP. This means we have direct access to EU regulatory issues through the Pelagic AC, the Market AC, the Aquaculture AC, the Baltic Sea AC, and the North Sea AC.

We are participating actively in working group meetings as well as executive committee meetings and general assemblies with special focus on a few important topics:

In the Market Advisory Council discussions have among other topics been on implications of the war in Ukraine, sustainability standards, dioxin limits in fishmeal, market access, EU Taxonomy, EU fisheries control regulation, voluntary sustainability claims of seafood products, and Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR). Regarding the latter, EFFOP has a seat in the working group involved in the development of the PEFCR for marine fish.

The Pelagic Advisory Council has a consistent focus on biological advice and development of management plans for pelagic fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic. Other points on the agenda are the EU Fisheries Control Regulation and implementation of the landing obligation, the impacts of climate change on fisheries and the marine environment and marine spatial planning. The work programme for the Pelagic AC in the coming year will still focus on providing advice on relevant issues related to the pelagic stocks and in addition the following topics: multi-annual management strategies, ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management, regionalization, fisheries science, and other collaborations.

In the Aquaculture Advisory Council, we have participated in focus groups with the following topics: EU biodiversity strategy, consumer information, EU farm to fork strategy, food security, strategic guidelines for aquaculture, EU Green Deal. Our contributions have mainly been information about the relatively low environmental impact of harvesting marine proteins from fisheries and aquaculture compared to animal proteins from land. We have informed about the responsible sourcing of raw materials for fishmeal and fish oil production in Europe.

In the Baltic Sea AC, we have followed the developments of recommendations for the revision of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, EU Fisheries Control Regulation, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, and ecosystem changes. A trial fishery for an increasing population of sticklebacks has been initiated by Swedish and Danish universities. The goal is a new raw material for the Baltic fishmeal and fish oil factories.

North Sea AC focus areas in 2021-2022 have been TAC and quotas, fisheries regulations and EU-UK cooperation after Brexit, biodiversity, marine spatial planning and the impacts of human activities on the fish stocks.

BREF
On the major regulatory issues, we have worked intensively with the ongoing revision of the Slaughterhouses and Animal Byproducts BREF, where EFFOP holds a seat in the EIPCCP Technical Working group in Sevilla on behalf of the European fishmeal industry.

The first draft of the SA BREF was sent out on the 29th of June, and the well over 700 pages are the result of the information exchange that has been conducted since the kick-off meeting held on 25-28 June 2019 in Sevilla. EFFOP’s Technical Working Group (TWG) has played an active role in the BREF process since then, producing technical papers, position papers and 80 comments to the first Draft.

Our input is coordinated closely in our TWG, where we decide on appropriate actions. The information and comments provided by the TWG will, along with the comments made by other stakeholders, be used to revise the current draft (D1) of the SA BREF. The next and final meeting of the BREF is scheduled for Q4 2022 or Q1 2023.

The secretariat will maintain a high level of information throughout the BREF, and the quality of the continued feedback from the members in the TWG has been – and will continue to be, of the utmost value and importance.

Control, weighing and sampling
Another pressing regulatory issue is the Revision of EU´s Fisheries Control Regulation and development of an Industry Standard for draining and weighing of bulk unsorted pelagic landings for fishmeal and fish oil production.

The European Fisheries Control Regulation is currently being renegotiated. EFFOP has been engaged in the part of the negotiations concerning requirements for the handling of landings of fresh pelagic fish (bulk landings) arguing that a uniform weighing regime should be established to ensure reliable weighing data for catch and bycatches based on automatic and transparent systems operated by the authorities or by authorized independent 3rd parties.In close collaboration with our members, we have developed an Industry Standard for draining and weighing of unsorted pelagic landings for fishmeal and fish oil production. With the standard we can document how credibility, traceability, accountability, and sustainability is central to the fish processing industries. The industry standard is a supplement to the current national legislations and international agreements and will contribute to ensuring correct and impartial weighing of unsorted pelagic landings for fishmeal and fish oil production in Europe. The standard is an important contribution to achieve a harmonized and sustainable future for pelagic fisheries and landings of unsorted pelagic fisheries in Europe. It is the hope that other parts of the world will commit to equally accurate and sustainable reporting of pelagic landings.

Certifications and standards
On certifications and environmental standards EFFOP holds an important role in coordinating European input towards Marin Trust, MSC, ASC as well as environmental standards such as PEFCR and LCAs.

European Fishmeal follows the development in the MarinTrust Standard closely. Marin Trust is an important global standard. However, European Fishmeal members have some concerns about the developments, costs and functioning of MarinTrust and find it increasingly difficult to see a global “one size fits all” standard also accommodate the specific regulatory environment of European production. We have provided our input to the ongoing development of MarinTrust Version 3 and expect to see the European proposals and concerns reflected.

European Fishmeal has contributed to the development of the ASC Feed Standard arguing especially that terrestrial plant ingredients and terrestrial animal ingredients should be subjected to the same level of scrutiny applied to marine-source materials. We welcome the comprehensive Feed Standard that will become effective by September 2022, when feed mills become eligible for certification and held a meeting with the ASC spring 2022 to discuss byproduct certification and the due diligence procedure defined by the ASC.

Communication and media
European Fishmeal is active on Twitter and LinkedIn, where we track key European stakeholders, as well as distribute stories from the industry. We have 550 followers on LinkedIn and 450 on Twitter, increasing every month. The website had 5.270 hits last year, which is a 27% increase from last year.

Raising our presence on the social media platforms makes us more visible and able to reach more stakeholders such as professionals within and around the industry as well as authorities from all EFFOP member states and within the European Union. Furthermore, we send out regular newsletters to members and a wide circle of relevant stakeholders. Currently, 235 people receive our newsletter.

Research
Current participation of European Fishmeal in research projects is:

Development of Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs) based on the Fmsy values obtained from the Fmsy-project for six high profile fish stocks (The MSE-project).
The Fmsy-project is developing a more ecosystem-based approach to estimation of the biological reference point was supported and initiated with financial funding from European Fishmeal. The final report was written by several highly recognized scientists. The project concludes that managing the Northeast Atlantic fisheries using the new Fmsy values could increase the sustainable catches by several million tonnes per year compared with a management based on the current Fmsy values. For managers to use other management strategies than the traditional ICES strategy, new Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs) are needed, and an MSE-project was set up to develop these detailed Management Plan Evaluations. In 2021, funding has been provided for a 3-year PhD in fish population dynamic and ecology and the MSE-project.

Ecologically and economically sustainable mesopelagic fisheries (MEESO)
The MEESO project: “Ecologically and economically sustainable mesopelagic fisheries (MEESO)” funded by the EU Horizon 2020, 2019-2023. The role of European Fishmeal in the project is to contribute to WP3 “Processing and screening of mesopelagic resources and fishing technology development”. Especially Task 3.5 “Scaling of processes and market prototype testing” of WP3 will be important for European Fishmeal. European Fishmeal has been granted an amount of 31,500 € for our participation in the project.

EFFOP has participated in industry workshops, most recently with a presentation by the EFFOP president Frank Trearty at a meeting in Ireland.

Nordic Seals project
The project is supported by the Nordic Council‘s Working Group for Fisheries. The Nordic seals project is a network program which is to gather, analyze and disseminate information on the seal populations in the North-Atlantic and adjacent waters ([1]). The project was hosting a workshop for specially invited stakeholders on 29 April 2021. The project findings will be presented at the EFFOP members conference in June in Skagen and will contribute to informed discussions on the future of seal management.

 Thanks
I would like to end this annual report by thanking all the European Fishmeal members, associated members – new and old – and the Secretariat for its work during the past years. I hope to continue the positive dialogue and fruitful cooperation within the organization.

Frank Trearty
EFFOP president

EFFOP is hiring: Senior Policy Consultant at Copenhagen based office

2022.6.13

Do you want to work with the political side of the fishmeal industry?

The right candidate has experience in navigating the political field. You are familiar with the procedures within EU legislation, and you have a sense of familiarity with regulations and technical parameters.

You probably already work as a consultant in an industry association, interest organization or member-run company. Alternatively, you work in the administration, e.g. in a ministry or agency.

Experience in influencing political processes is crucial to the success of the role, and we expect you to have insight into EU regulations as well as other international issues. Specific experience working with EU parliamentarians and/or the Commission is an advantage.

Read more and apply here.

The European Fishmeal industry will gather once again with record attendance

2022.5.5

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“.

See the full program here

EFFOP Program, page 1

 

Sponsors, EFFOP Conference

European Fishmeal Producers Deliver Valuable Ingredients from Offcuts and Pelagic Fish

2022.3.21

This article was ariginallt brought at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council’s website.

We are stronger when we stand together. This is the philosophy in the European non-governmental organization European Fishmeal and Fish Oil Producers (EFFOP), who represents the interests of the European fishmeal and fish oil producers. Fishmeal and fish oil constitute an important strategic feed ingredient for the aquaculture and agriculture. With their functional properties, high quality, and traceability these ingredients enhance the circular economy both on a Danish and a European level.

Fish as raw material to feed ingredients 
Fishmeal and oil are produced primarily from pelagic fish that live in the water column in large shoals and are not used for food production. In Europe, it is typically the fish species capelin, sandeel, blue whiting, sprat as well as offcuts and residues from the fishing industry that are involved in the processing of fishmeal and oil. Fisheries are regulated by quotas based on biological recommendations from ICES and subsequently adopted politically. This is essential for the conservation of marine biological ecosystems. The recommendations are based on the amount of fish that can be taken out of the fish stock to continue to ensure its sustainable reproduction, and new quotas are set for all stocks each year. Continuous quality control at the factories ensures fresh raw materials and traceable products that comply with quality requirements and safety standards throughout the distribution chain.

Fishmeal and oil are typically included as a strategic feed ingredient for farming of salmon, trout, etc., but are also used as feed in pig and chicken production as well as for pet feed. Fish oil is primarily used as a feed ingredient for fish farming and for human nutrition.

 

Fishmeal and fish oil contribute with unique properties
Fishmeal and oil are very valuable feed ingredients due to their high content of essential amino acids, minerals, phosphorus lipids and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are key components of the cell membrane and play an important role in ensuring optimal growth, physical health and good reproductive ability in connection with animal nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids are also recognized for their health-promoting properties for both animal and human nutrition.

Despite the many health effects, it is not always easy to be a fishmeal producer, explains Anne Mette Bæk, director of European Fishmeal and Fish Oil Producers, which is the European industry’s joint industry association.

“In addition to the current energy prices – which obviously affect us all – the industry is subject to a cobweb of traceability requirements, various sustainability certifications and a comprehensive regulatory framework from both the EU and individual countries that do not always harmonize. The challenges are many, but they are common, and that is why it is so important that we as an industry work together on the solutions. In fact, it has never been more important”

 Utilizing the whole fish 

The fishery for industrial fish – that is, the fish that consumers do not bother to eat – is close to being fully exploited in Europe, and this has given the industry an increased incentive to focus even more on the circular economy by utilizing the offcuts from the fish that consumers do bother to eat. For example, when you fillet a herring and cut it into pieces for the Christmas table, only about half of the fish is eaten. But instead of throwing heads and tails in the trash, fishmeal producers across Europe are collecting the offcuts and refining them into strategic feed ingredients in demand by feed manufacturers for salmon, pigs, or pets worldwide.

At the European level, there is an increasing focus on optimizing the utilization of these raw materials, which provides value for consumers by being included as a feed ingredient for e.g., salmon farming. There is no omega-3 fatty acid in the salmon if it does not get it through the feed. Not only is omega-3 fatty acid essential for salmon health, it also has a wide range of health effects for humans who, like salmon, can only get omega-3 through food. In that way, the fish offcuts and the hard-to-sell industrial fish ends up on the plate anyway and benefit the consumer.

New members join EFFOP once again

2022.2.18

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.

Economist Impact: Wolrd Ocean Summit Virtual Week

2022.2.16

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.

Confirmed speakers:

  • 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.

Register free today