EUfishmeal conference 2019, value-chain excursion to Bakkafrost and Havsbrún


Photos from the EUfishmeal biennial conference 2019, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.

A site visit to Bakkafrost salmon value-chain and Havsbrún fishmeal factory was ended with a dinner in Fuglefjord Kulturhus.


Future events organized by EUfishmeal


EUfishmeal workshop on sustainability and responsible sourcing of fishmeal and fish oil, 25 October, Copenhagen.
Scientists, ecolabel certifiers, NGO’s consumer representatives and industry representatives will be invited to discuss sustainability and the important role of fishmeal and fish oil in the feed value chain.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

To participate in the workshop: click here

FMSY: Global fisheries catches can be increased after rebuilding of fish populations


FMSY report: Global fisheries can be increased due to rebuilding of fish populations


With an application of new FMSY values, the sustainable catches will increase by several million tons per year for the Northeast Atlantic fisheries compared to management based on the current FMSY values.

FMSY is the fishing mortality, i.e. catches due to fishing activity, that indicates the catch level resulting in a maximum sustainable yield (MSY) for a particular fish stock. The FMSY project is based on an ecosystem approach where the different fish species interactions within and with each other allows for larger and yet sustainable catches.

This is the overall outtake from the new report “Global fisheries catches can be increased after rebuilding of fish populations” which is composed by recognized researchers. At a time when the global population is demanding more food, a downward bias towards the FMSY estimates could be substantial, as fish products are healthy and have a low carbon footprint compared to meat produced on land. In the report, it is suggested to take a simple scientific approach that builds on existing stock assessment frameworks as well as removes known bias in current methodology. This approach is based on analysis of fish populations in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean, and it includes density dependent growth, reproduction and cannibalism, and it is based on single-species stock assessments. The report also found increasing scientific evidence that aiming for multispecies MSY in a marine ecosystem requires fishing higher trophic levels at higher rates than FMSY as the foregone catch from higher trophic levels is compensated greatly by increases in catches from lower trophic levels.

The report concludes that managing the Northeast Atlantic fisheries using the new FMSY values will increase the sustainable catches by several million tons per year compared with a management based on the current FMSY values.

The FMSY report and the project results are summarized on the EUfishmeal webpage:


IFFO Madrid, May 2019


Market Forum presentation by Anne Mette

Presentation IFFO_Madrid_2019_final

EUfishmeal report for the revision of BREF SA