AAC Recommendation on the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR)


A new marine ingredients responsible sourcing policy


EFFOP welcomes the new responsible sourcing policy from Nutreco and Skretting that aims to protect the ocean and ensure that fish stocks intended for direct or indirect human consumption are caught within clearly defined, sustainable limits. Read the new marine ingredient sourcing policy here

The marine ingredients sourcing policy document builds into the ambitions set in Nutreco’s Sustainability RoadMap 2025, which aims to ensure that by 2025, Skretting sources marine ingredients that are 100% certified or coming from a fishery improvement project for its global operations, as well as ensuring that all the fishmeal and fish oil used to produce feed originate from fisheries that are managed according to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

The policy is built on a risk-based approach and was developed through internal collaboration within Nutreco and Skretting (sustainability, procurement and quality teams) at a global and local level to reflect the realities in the markets and included comments and revisions from external stakeholders. Important areas addressed in the policy include:

  • Specific criteria on what to buy according to five sustainability classes of marine ingredients coming from whole fish, by-products from wild fish catch and by-products from aquaculture, aligned with the most important fishery management certifications in the industry.
  • Clear purchasing targets for each sustainability class defined, both the relative share of purchases and a defined timeline to reach the ambitions set in Nutreco’s Sustainaiblity RoadMap 2025.
  • Mapping of countries identified with a high risk of IUU fishing activities. Marine ingredients from these countries cannot be sourced unless they come from the highest sustainability classes. The policy in this area supports Nutreco and Skretting’s commitment and work in SeaBOS.
  • Mapping of countries identified with a high risk of forced labour on board fishing vessels. For these countries there are additional requirements to marine ingredient manufacturers. Skretting is the first company in the world that communicates an open and transparent criteria towards marine ingredient suppliers in this area.

More information about the new responsible sourcing policy from Nutreco and Skretting here

The Responsible Sourcing Policy for Marine Ingredients developed by Nutreco and Skretting


EFFOP weighing standard and video recording of pelagic landings presented for EU Member States, EFCA and DG Mare


On 7 March, the EFFOP secretariat participated in a joint Workshop on monitoring, control and enforcement of the Landing Obligation. The 73 participants were from BALTFISH Member States, BSAC members, DG Mare, European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and observers.

DG Mare informed of “The role of Member States to ensure control and enforcement of the landing obligation” and EFCA could inform that there was still a way to go for compliance with the Landing Obligation (LO) in the Baltic Sea. Although there were high compliance with the LO in most pelagic fisheries targeting herring and sprat, there were generally low compliance with the LO for most other species. 

The EFFOP secretariat and Peter Kongerslev (FF Skagen) gave a presentation entitled “The EFFOP code of conduct for weighing and video recording of pelagic landings”.

Read about the workshop and see the presentations given here


Invitation: Seminar on “Building our knowledge of the mesopelagic zone”


EFFOP is partner in the MEESO project: “Ecologically and economically sustainable mesopelagic fisheries (MEESO)“.

The MEESO project is organizing a seminar “Building our knowledge of the mesopelagic zone“, Friday 25 March 2022 at Castletroy Park Hotel, Co. Limerick, Ireland, 9:30 – 14:00 GMT

Frank Trearty, President of EFFOP, will give a presentation entitled ”The European Fishmeal and Fish Oil Produceres – mesopelagics a potential new raw material?” and participate in the Panel Discussion.

Interested EFFOP members should register to the seminar here
(participation in-person or online)

The preliminary seminar programme:

09.30-10.00 Refreshments
10.00-10.05 Welcome, introduction
10.05-10.15 “New developments of acoustic and trawl technologies for biomass estimation of mesopelagic organisms”: Dr Webjørn Melle (Institute of Marine Research, Norway)
10.20-10.30 “Modelling mesopelagic fish and their ecosystems” Dr Douglas C. Speirs (University of Strathclyde, Scotland)
10.35-10.45 “MI work on the acoustic survey estimation of mesopelagic fish abundance”. Prof. David Reid (Marine Institute, Ireland)
10.50-11.00 “Prediction of potential catch loss through mesh selection in mesopelagic trawls” Dr. Eduardo Grimaldo (SINTEF, Norway)
11.05-11.15 “Ecosystem-based management of mesopelagic fisheries; lessons from the Antarctic krill fishery” Richard Curtin (BIM, Ireland)
11.20-11.50 Health Break
11.55-12.05 ”The European Fishmeal and Fish Oil Produceres – mesopelagics a potential new raw material?” Frank Trearty (Pelagia, Ireland)
12.10-12.20 “Sensory developments of Mueller’s pearlside” Dr Runar G. Solstad (Nofima, Norway)
12.25-12.35 ”Methods for processing of mesopelagic fish”.  Dr. Lars Thoresen (Nofima, Norway)
12.40-12.50 “Progressing our knowledge of mesopelagic resources”, Dr Maria Hayes, (Teagasc, Ireland)
12.55-13.05 “Fishing the mesopelagic: Economic prospects “Dr Rolf A. Groeneveld  (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
13.10-13.45 Panel Discussion
14.00- 14.55 Close
14.05-15.00 Lunch

EFFOP comments to Marin Trust V3 proposed clauses for by-products


Marin Trust is in the process of developing a version 3 of their Standard and on Thursday 20th January 2022  held a Workshop to present and discuss the proposed clauses for by-products.

EFFOP participated in the workshop and coordinated the views of EFFOP members towards the proposed changes to the Marin Trust certification for by-products.

The EFFOP feedback to Marin Trust was along these lines:

  • It is vital that MarinTrust Version 3 remains relevant, robust, and fit for purpose.
  • The MarinTrust system must be effective and create as little workload as possible for all involved in the certification process.
  • By-products are considered a sustainable raw material that should be better utilized and too many rules and requirements for traceability will result in reduced use of by-products because it becomes too complex and costly to manage small batches.
  • European producers support Marin Trust and recognize the need for full transparency, traceability and responsibility in fisheries and production of fishmeal and fish oil. However, a further development of the Marin Trust standard must consider the regional diversity in fisheries and production. A one-size-fits-all is not a viable way forward as there are vast geographical differences in the regulatory environment of the fisheries and production facilities worldwide.
  • It should be reflected, that for by-products the fishmeal factory is not the firsthand – but the secondhand – buyer. The firsthand buyer – and supplier of the by-products – is responsible for all registration and information about species or mix of species as well as their traceability.
  • In Europe, firsthand buyers and suppliers of the by-products follow EU and national laws and regulations for traceability of buying and selling fish. The factories can document and trace the by-products one step back – to the information received in the sales document from the supplier. The supplier is responsible for traceability and has information about origin of the fish by-product.
  • By law we do not have any IUU-fishery in any European countries.
  • The European fishmeal industry supports the circular economy. The use of trimmings for fish meal are considered to be sustainable. All customers, including the salmon business, backs this approach. This is also supported by the ASC-standard.