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European Fishmeal Biennial Conference 2021: Control and sustainability


Every other year, the Association of European fishmeal and fish oil producers, EFFOP, brings its members and associated members together for a conference. This year Denmark will host the conference and it is planned for Skagen 25-27 August.

When we once again gather the the wider European fishmeal and fish oil industry and suppliers from member companies across UK, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Spain, Faroe Islands, Estonia, Sweden and the Czech Republic the theme will be control and sustainability.

We will kick off the conference with an exciting excursion to experience Europe’s largest fishmeal and fish oil producer, FF Skagen A/S and Karstensens Shipyard, Denmarks largest shipyard. The day will be rounded off with our annual general assembly before a nice dinner in Skagen. 

Thursday is reserved for presentations and debates from scientific experts, decision-makers and key stakeholders on issues such as control, certification and sustainability. To round the day off, we have planned a high-level panel debate on control and resource management, where MEP’s and Ministers are asked about their take on control of landings and management of our shared resources. Thursday evening is reserved for our traditional festive gala dinner.  

Friday our many associated members will present their state of the art solutions in fishmeal production. Finally, we have invited some of the leading producers in the Danish ingredients sector to inspire us with new and different perspectives. 

See the program here.

Members can register by logging on to the EFFOP’s members page.

If you have any issues registering for the conference, feel free to contact Daniel Weber, 

The biennial conference is restricted to members only. If you, as a journalist or stakeholder wish to participate on Thursday the 26th, please contact the secretariat at

AAC: Aquaculture can play key role in European Green Deal


The following story is from SeafoodSource, and was first released April 5, 2021, By Nicki Holmyard. 

The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC), a stakeholder representative organization created to provide official advice to the European Commission, European Parliament, member-states, and various committees, has issued a report stating that aquaculture can play an important role in the implementation of the European Green Deal.

The report was issued as the AAC works through the process of developing advice on consumer information, seaweed production, the data collection framework, food security, and the climate footprint of the E.U. food system.

Aquaculture accounts for 1.4 million metric tons of food production annually in the E.U., at a value of around EUR 4 billion (USD 4.7 billion). Farmed fish and shellfish provide 10 percent of E.U. member-states’ seafood consumption, with the average E.U. citizen eating just over 24 kilos of seafood annually. The ranking of aquaculture species by production volume is led by mussels, followed by trout, oysters, sea bream and sea bass, carp, clams, bluefin tuna, salmon, and turbot. In terms of value, trout is the highest earner, with sea bass, sea bream, oysters, tuna, and mussels following close behind.

The AAC is tasked with scrutinizing the European Union’s legislative, regulatory, and legal measures affecting aquaculture. Recently, the organization  recommended that the European Commission develop guidelines for member-states on how to establish a legal framework for granting licences to establish new seaweed farms and expand existing ones, stating that a legal framework is the most important issue to address for this small but growing segment.

Also related to the seaweed sector, the AAC has called for protocols to be developed for identifying optimal sites and optimizing farming technologies. Additionally, farm management systems for seaweed needs to be developed, AAC said, and current food safety legislation needs to be examined to ensure that issues related to seaweed labeling are properly addressed.

AAC recommended the creation of an E.U. certification standard, which it said could accelerate market development and build consumer confidence in seaweed. It recommended a deeper study of the joint seaweed standard developed by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and launched in 2018.

The AAC also recommended a further study of the potential of aquaculture to augment food security in different regions of the E.U., and called for the E.U. to make it easier to obtain licenses and access to space in order to increase primary production in a sustainable way to meet food security needs.

The AAC’s recommendations on consumer information stress the importance of having correct and complete product information on labeling for the consumer, to enable them to make informed and responsible purchasing choices. Better labeling would also help to raise awareness of the quality of E.U. aquaculture products, it said.

The council found inadequate and misleading consumer information on seafood products frequently takes place in the hotel, restaurant, and catering (HORECA) sector, and it advised the E.U. to address “as a matter of urgency” issues of mislabeling, including seafood being sold with false, unlisted, or multiple countries of origin; defrosted products sold as fresh; false or missing fish species information; farmed fish being sold as captured fish; and product labeling containing insufficient information to enable consumers to make animal welfare-based choices.

The latest recommendation from the AAC, published at the end of March 2021, addresses the climate footprint of the E.U. food system in response to the European Green Deal (EGD), which sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The AAC contends Europe’s aquaculture sector can contribute to the EGD by improving the use of aquatic resources, by promoting new sources of protein, and by further developing aquaculture systems with low carbon footprints, such as algae and bivalves. But it warned there is currently no commonly accepted methodology for assessing climate impact, so it is difficult to compare different aquaculture products on the market.

The AAC pressed the need for the creation of a common E.U. life-cycle assessment tool for quantifying climate impact at the farm level, and called for a common food policy aimed at reducing the environmental and climate footprint of the E.U. food system to ensure EGD targets can be met. It further emphasized the importance of the circular economy in aquaculture, the importance of exploring new forms of energy efficiency and energy production, and proposed the introduction of national and E.U. policies for promoting climate-friendly public procurement.

The AAC also stressed that seafood not complying with E.U. environmental standards should not be imported to E.U. markets, and that minimum standards for sustainability should be introduced. The E.U. should also be fostering development and use of alternative feed materials from responsible and sustainable sources, such as insects, marine algae, and byproducts such as fish waste, the AAC said.

European Fishmeal Conference Skagen, Denmark, August 25th – 27th 2021


The next Biennial Conference and Annual General Assembly of European Fishmeal will take place in Skagen, Denmark, August 25th –27th 2021.

We expect to be able to meet in Skagen, but if the COVID-19 situation is not under control, we will provide you with an update by the end of June 2021.

The program will start with 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 conference will begin Thursday morning and the overall theme will be “Sustainability & Control”. The day will involve high level political and technical debates and will be rounded off with the traditional festive gala dinner.

The last day will be reserved for an interesting technical session, where our associate members will be invited to present and other industry representatives will provide inspiration and cross-sector knowledge.

Please register here.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Daniel on

Please note that the deadline for registration is Tuesday the 1st of June 2021

The fee for participation is 600 Euro per person (half price for spouses). Invoices for participation will be sent directly to the factories/associated members when the registration is complete. You do not need to book hotel rooms, but all participants will pay for their own room by departure. Travel arrangements must be arranged individually.

Best regards,

EFFOP secretariat

Control & Sustainability

See and download the program here 

The EU fishing fleet 2020: Trends and economic results


The European Commission “Maritime Economic Papers” have released its 48 pages long economic report on the EU fishing fleet. We have gathered the highlights here:

“The EU large-scale fleet (LSF) comprised 14 047 vessels in 2018 and employed 61 000 fishers, respectively 24 % and 45 % of the EU total. This fleet contributed 79 % of total EU landings by weight and 70 % of the value of such landings. Overall, the performance of the EU fleet is largely driven by that of the LSF.”

Compared to 2017, the EU’s large scale fishing fleet experienced a decrease in all economic parameters ( see the table below), thus continuing the downward trend observed in 2017. However, different to 2017, all EU Member State LDFs made a gross profit in 2018.

The report point towards an increase in the depreciation costs, increased fuel prices, and a decrease in landed quantities as important causes of the lower profits.

Large-Scale fleet

The gross profit of the large scale fishing fleet has climbed 35 per cent since 2008 and overperformed the small scale coastal fishing fleet systematically. This is, according to the report, partly due to technological development in the vessels:

“Large scale fishing vessels are becoming larger and faster, and are travelling farther from their homeports. Their investment capacity is higher and they use more sophisticated (and expensive) technologies than the small scale coastal fishing vessels, catching more fish in shorter periods of time.”

You can read the full report here

EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2021


The European Commission in association with the European External Action Service invites ocean stakeholders worldwide to the presentation of the final recommendations for ocean sustainability action by the Eu’s International Ocean Governance (IOG) Forum.

The event will take place in a virtual format at 14-17hrs (CEST) on April 20, 2021.

The event will mark the conclusion of the open and inclusive consultation process on International Ocean Governance launched by the European Commission in association with the European External Action Service in 2020 with the establishment of the IOG forum. Further information on the consultation and the Forum can be found here.

The recommendations will support the development of the International Ocean Governance Agenda –the EU’s plan of action for the future of our oceans. The Agenda is an integral part of the European Green Deal and the EU’s response to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, the Sustainable Development Goal 14 ‘to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’.

Registration is open and can be done here. Registration deadline is April 19, 2021 midnight CEST.

A draft agenda can be downloaded here or found below.



 Time (CEST)







Charlina Vitcheva, Director General, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission




Accelerating action for ocean sustainability


Virginius Sinkevičus, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs




Unfolding the ocean and climate nexus: the US perspective


John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (tbc)




Shaping Zanzibar’s blue future


Aboud S. A. Jumbe, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Blue economy and Fisheries (tbc)




Reversing marine biodiversity decline: China on the way to CBD COP 15






Health Break


15:00 Moving towards a sustainable blue planet –recommendations for future actions


IOG Forum representative (tbc)


15:20 Panel I – Are we steering the right course?
  • Sigrid Lüber, Co-Managing Director, Ocean Care (tbc)
  • Karin Kemper, Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank (tbc)
  • Nadia Pinardi, University of Bologna (tbc)
  • Jakob Granit, Chair, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) (tbc)



16:00 Panel II – The EU’s all crew on deck approach
  • Charlina Vitcheva, Director General, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Veronica Manfredi, Director Quality of Life, Directorate General for Environment
  • Koen Doens, Director General, Directorate General for International Partnerships
  • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General, Directorate General for Research and Innovation
  • Matthias Petschke, Director Space, Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space
  • Magda Kopczynska, Director Waterborne, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport




16:40 Future Ocean Governance –a Vision from Portugal


Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Portugal (tbc)


16:50 Bringing in the foreign policy angle Kristin de Peyron, Deputy Managing Director, Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Affairs, European External Action Service


17:00 Closing Charlina Vitcheva, Director General, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission