EFFOP signs new EU Code of Conduct


European Fishmeal have, along with other High-level stakeholders in the food supply-chain, signed the new EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, one of the first deliverables under the Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy

The objective of the Code is to cover all major aspects of food sustainability in the food supply chain and reflect the goals and ambitions of the Farm to Fork Strategy and Green Deal. Contrary to many other initiatives, this Code focuses on actors in the middle of the supply chain, between the farm (or sea) and the fork, but also includes primary producers and the rest of the supply chain.

A total of 28 associations and 49 companies have already signed the code. Click here to see them.  

You can read more about the new code of conduct here. 

OECD – FAO Agricultural Outlook 2021 – 2030


A stairway to MSC – Understand the new ASC feed standard


Producers of fish feed who wish to be certified by the Aquaculture feed standard (ASC) must prove that their marine ingredients – fishmeal and fish oil – are sourced from sustainably managed stocks.

As of August 2022, when the new feed standard is implemented, feed producers are required to segment every tonnage of marine ingredients in levels based on the degree of sustainability. The levels system is built as a stairway beginning at level 0 (due diligence) end ending at level 4 (MSC certification). The amount of marine ingredients in each level are then used to determine the “overall sustainability score” of the feed mill by reviewing the relative quantities of marine ingredients of each level.

If, for example, a feed mill has purchased 500 mt of marine ingredients at level 4, 200 mt at level 2 and 400 mt at level 1, then the feed mills overall sustainability score will be 2, because the total quantity of marine ingredients at level 1 + level is more than half the total amount. Had the feed mill instead bought an additional 100 mt of marine ingredients at level 4, the overall sustainability score would climb two levels to level 4.

In this new version of the feed standard there are also specific requirements to plant based ingredients, which is an important step in achieving sustainability in all ingredient sectors. Production of plant based ingredients such as soy and palm oil have a high impact on natural resources and should be just as strictly monitored and certified as has been the case for marine ingredients for a number of years now.

For the fisheries, the relative amount of MSC-certified marine ingredients plays a big part in granting of the ASC label to the end products, and the new feed standard will likely serve the function of applying pressure throughout the supply chain.

Supply chain

Following the recent release of the feed standard there will now be a public consultation of the standard and the ASC have encouraged all feed mills and their suppliers to review the standard.

The managing director of ASC, Michiel Fransen, will join the members of European Fishmeal at our three-day members’ conference in Skagen from August 24th to 27th, where he will partake with representatives from MSC and Marin Trust to debate the role of certification.

You can find the new feed standard here.


Sustainability level _ tabel, ASC
Page 49-51 in the ASC responsible feed standard.

Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2022


The Communication from the European Commission reports on the progress made towards sustainable fishing in the EU and reviews the balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities, the sector’s socio-economic performance and the landing obligation implementation. It then presents the main orientations that will shape the Commission’s proposals and consultations with third countries on fishing opportunities for 2022.

The 2021 Communication shows that in the North-East Atlantic especially, sustainability was almost reached for the stocks managed under the principle of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) – the maximum amount of fish that fishers can take out of the sea without compromising the regeneration and future productivity of the stock.

Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, responsible for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said:

“EU fisheries remain on course towards a still more sustainable use of the sea. And while the pandemic hit our fishing communities hard, it was confirmed that environmental sustainability is the key to economic resilience. The situation in some sea basins requires our particular attention, but also across all our sea basins more must be done to deliver the blue in the Green Deal. I count on everybody to play their full part”.

The report can be found in all EU languages here.

Feed Sustainability Charter, FEFAC


New Advice on Dioxins in Fish Oil


On the 25th of May 2021 the Market Advisory Council (MAC), in which European Fishmeal is member, published new advice on Dioxins in Fish Oil from farmed fish.

To optimise feed safety and to reduce risk from other unwarranted substances, the MAC recommends that the European Commission:

a) Clarify the application of the different points under subparagraph c), paragraph 2, of section “Dioxin Monitoring for Oils, Fats and Derived Products” of Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 183/2005;

b) Amend Regulation (EC) No 183/2005, so that point (iii) reads “(one representative analysis per 2 000 tonnes as regards fish oil not referred to in (i) or fish oil exclusively produced from aquaculture fish”;

c) Acknowledge that one representative analysis per 2 000 tonnes or one analysis per year would be sufficient to monitor the risk of dioxins and dioxins-like PCBs in fish oil exclusively produced from farmed fish.

Read the full MAC Advice on Dioxins in Fish Oil