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 50% of world production and 75% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. IFFO is an accredited Observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
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.
A project to improve the understanding of fisheries of South East Asia supplying raw material for fishmeal production has completed the first six months of data gathering and has made contact with government agencies and businesses. Jointly funded by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and IFFO, the Marine Ingredients Organisation, the project lead Duncan Leadbitter (Fish Matter Pty) has produced a series of draft internal reports for the two funding bodies with the aim to have a public report ready by the end of the year. After six months of data gathering, using both publically available information and in-country sources, such as the Thai Fish Meal Association and a Vietnamese consulting company, Kim Delta.
Following an article published this week in National Geographic, I would like to address a few points on behalf of IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation. The article titled ‘Why Salmon Eating Insects Instead of Fish Is Better for Environment’, published on 5th February 2018, discusses fishmeal and fish oil replacement in salmon feed by a Netherlands based company but quotes information that is both out-of-date and incorrect. Although we agree with the need for additional feed options in aquaculture to ensure the growth of this vital industry, the total replacement of fishmeal and fish oil, as called for in this article, is unjustified and damaging to the fish farming industry.
Neil Auchterlonie travelled to Southampton University on Friday 2ndFebruary, in order to catch up on some of the latest research relating to plastics and microplastics being carried out at the university. He met with Prof. Malcolm Hudson, and his PhD student Christina Thiele. The conversation was broad and covered elements of the current research and possible future research objectives.
The New Year at IFFO is survey time. We ask our members to tell us if we are getting it right and where we could improve – as someone who gets sent a lot of surveys I know it can be a chore to complete them but it really is an essential tool for us to make sure we are giving members the service they deserve and to plan for the future. This year’s survey will be in your inbox soon so please take a few minutes to click through it.
A little more unusual is the survey we do with our own staff to ask how we are doing as a team, something that takes some honesty, might generate uncomfortable truths but, in the long run, is worth doing. The survey is internet based and is anonymous, asking whether we provide a good work environment, fair pay, whether individuals are treated fairly by their manager and know their role in the IFFO vision and mission. Although several of these questions come up in performance reviews, the survey is an opportunity for anonymous comments so gives a valuable health check on the most important asset of the company, our people. I like to think these surveys will help make sure we never have the sort of inequality that we see in the papers every day in show business, music, politics and other walks of life.
IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation, has calculated new Fish In: Fish Out ratios (FIFO) for 2015 and for the first time FIFO figures for salmonids are below 1. Calculated with FAO data, Fish In: Fish Out ratios (FIFO) have been used by as a way of reviewing the consumption of wild fish by the sector since the 1990s. Salmonids have drawn attention on this subject in the past, and have been criticised previously for their use of fishmeal and fish oil. In 2015 the sector produced more fish protein than it consumed. Previously, IFFO provided figures for FIFO for 2000 and 2010 and has now updated these using 2015 production and consumption data. The 2015 figures retain the trend of reducing FIFOs seen between 2000 and 2010. Overall fed aquaculture FIFOs have declined from 0.63 to 0.33 to 0.22 over the period.