IFFO is an international trade organisation that represents and promotes the marine ingredients industry, such as fishmeal, fish oil and other related industries.
Marine ingredients are nutritious products used mainly for aquafeed, land animal feed as well as for human consumption and are derived from marine organisms such as fish, krill, shellfish and algae. IFFO's members reside in more than 50 countries, account for over 60% of world production and 80% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. IFFO is an accredited Observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation, today announced the appointment of Petter Martin Johannessen as the new Director General. Johannessen will take up the post from 3rd September in IFFO’s London Headquarters, following the departure of the outgoing Director General Andrew Mallison in July. IFFO’s President Eduardo Goycoolea welcomed the appointment saying “the IFFO Board is thrilled to welcome Petter to the IFFO family. With his extensive managerial experience in strategic and procurement roles, Petter’s work with multi stakeholders across our industry, and his already close relationship with IFFO, will make for a winning formula in this important role.”
If you live in the EU, you will have been deluged by emails as a result of new data protection regulations that came into force at the end of May. Businesses, including organisations like IFFO, have for many years had to protect any personal data they hold but must now make it clear what they hold and for what it is used. For members of the public, this is a good thing as many will be worried about the amount of information about us that is now collected, stored and often sold to others. Just searching for a product on Google means your email address can be sold to advertisers and you might receive unwanted messages offering their products or services. For lawyers, it is also good news as thousands of small businesses scramble for advice on how to comply with the regulations.
Neil Auchterlonie travelled to Aviemore, Scotland, on the 22nd May in order to take up an invitation to present at a workshop during the Aquaculture UK event. The workshop, arranged by the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) was developed to address the importance of nutrition and its link to welfare in farmed fish. In a packed afternoon (and auditorium) presentations were provided by the major feed companies in the UK (Biomar, Cargill, Marine Harvest, Skretting), as well as the Fish Vert Group and the Institute of Aquaculture.
IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation, today released its second Annual Report, giving a succinct overview of the group’s work with the aim to engage and inform stakeholders. IFFO enjoyed another fruitful year with a continued growth in membership, over 1,082 delegates attending 5 IFFO hosted events, 90 market reports published, and a series of technical projects completed. The report takes readers through IFFO’s various technical projects, events, market reporting and governance. A key area highlighted throughout this report is IFFO’s increased investment and focus on data gathering and technical reports, with the aim of effectively communicating the strategic and vital role of marine ingredients. In order to increase and speed up technical projects, the IFFO Board developed a new process for commissioning projects and increased investments.
This year’s IFFO Members’ Meeting was held once again in the US beachside city of Miami. A record 147 delegates attended the meeting from 23 countries, the highest number so far for a Miami meeting. IFFO’s President Eduardo Goycoolea opened the meeting, welcoming old and new friends and then led a minute silence in remembrance of Felipe Zaldivar, our past President (FEO 1979-80, 1986 and IAFMM 1989-90). The day started with Market Forum I, which gives a global overview of the fishmeal and fish oil markets and includes country presentations by IFFO members. IFFO’s Market Research Director, Dr Enrico Bachis, kicked off the session by giving his usual projections on total marine ingredients supply, highlighting the fact that in 2018 world production could be over 5 million tonnes of fishmeal and 1 million tonnes of fish oil.
Researchers have found that by-products in Scottish salmon farming are generally well utilised, but total by-product value output could be improved by 803% (£23.7 million), based on 2015 figures, adding 5.5% value to the salmon industry. Led by Julien Stevens, researchers from the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and University of Massachusetts at Boston have recently published research funded by IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation. The research investigated how value could be added to aquaculture through better utilisation of by-products, by maximising edible yields and better separation at the processing stage, looking at the Scottish salmon farming industry as a case study.