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“.

See the full program here

EFFOP Program, page 1


Sponsors, EFFOP Conference

European Fishmeal Producers Deliver Valuable Ingredients from Offcuts and Pelagic Fish


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


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


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

New member: Bioceval joins European Fishmeal


Bioceval has production sites in Germany, France and Spain and is part of the large conglomerate Saria Group, which operates in 26 countries and employs 11.000 people worldwide. SARIA Group is one of the leading international producers of quality products for human consumption, animal nutrition, aquaculture, pharmaceutical and industrial applications and for the agricultural sector. SARIA Group also generates renewable energy and provides services for the agricultural sector and the food industry, with animal by-products and organic residues as the main raw material.

And precisely by-products are essential when speaking about Bioceval because even though all EFFOP members have fish offcuts as a significant part of their raw material, Bioceval is one of the few EFFOP members that produces fishmeal and fish oil exclusively on by-products. This is done by collecting fish and fish scraps directly at the processing plants all over Europe and carefully transporting these valuable raw materials to one of the three Bioceval fishmeal processing plants.

As they join EFFOP Bioceval will also enter the executive board.

Of the new addition to the members’ list, managing director of European Fishmeal, Anne Mette Bæk, says:

“As a European industry association, we are founded on the firm belief that the industry is strongest when we are working together on the big challenges, especially on sustainability. Bioceval is one of the industry’s top players in this regard, and we, therefore, look forward to welcoming Bioceval to EFFOP”.

Read more about Bioceval on their website.


NAPA Seafood Summit: Women in Seafood Leadership, Anne Mette Baek


In this their second interview of the series “Women in Seafood Leadership”, the Napa Seafood Summit has interviews Managing Director of EFFOP, Anne Mette Bæk.

NAPA Seafood Summit writes about the initiative:

“We have created a space for women in leadership positions to raise their voices and create awareness of the key role they play and the challenges they face every day. We want to inspire new generations of female fishmongers with role models they can identify with, as well as provide ideas for organizations to take action to create a fair seafood industry for all. On this occasion, we were delighted to interview a strong industry sustainability leader for the Danish fishmeal and oil producers.  She wears many hats and pushes forward to contribute to global sustainability by making the best use of all marine resources.    Anne Mette Bæk CEO, European Fishmeal and Fish oil Producers (EFFOP) and Marine Ingredients Denmark (MID)”