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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).

Letter to The Economist: The dangers of misreporting science

Your article makes very sweeping generalisations based on scientific paper that reports on a very small sample size. The authors’ eagerness to attack the fish farming and fishmeal industry has unfortunately caused a lack of perspective and critical appraisal of the facts. While antibiotic resistance is a real concern, the findings in the paper by Wang et al need further investigation, not least of all due to the reported presence of several antibiotics in fishmeal made from whole wild fish that would not have come into contact with antibiotics at any stage. Fishmeal samples are named as being from various countries of origin but were purchased locally in China with no guarantee of their purity or integrity. Given reports of adulteration of imported fishmeal in China, this is clearly a concern.

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IFFO Update Newsletter - September edition

Organising conferences and events is one of the key services that IFFO provides for its members – a chance to share information, learn, meet new contacts and, most importantly, do business while the world’s industry is in one place. I am often asked how we decide where to hold conferences, usually followed by helpful suggestions of future venues (Hawaii anyone?). With our Washington DC conference just weeks away, I thought I would share a little of what goes in to a successful event.
Firstly, we choose a venue that works for conferences. This means a city that is accessible, safe, has the right facilities and is attractive. Members want good restaurants for business dinners and opportunities for side meetings – a large hotel lobby (and bar!) with plenty of seating really helps. To keep our events accessible, we rotate on a three year cycle between the Americas (this year), Asia and Europe...

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IFFO Blog: “Microalgae makes fish diets more sustainable”

At IFFO we acknowledge that aquaculture requires additional volumes of fishmeal and fish oil to support the growth of the industry.  We don’t disagree with the statement “Responsible expansion of aquafeeds, inter alia, requires finding sustainable alternatives to fishmeal and fish oil ingredients, of which aquaculture is the largest user”.  More fishmeal and fish oil is unlikely to be forthcoming globally (although there are indications that at least some small additional volume may be achieved through better utilisation of byproduct)...

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IFFO Blog: Fishmeal, fish oil, and “The Need for Feed”

It is stating the obvious to say that the use of fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeeds has changed over time.  With high inclusion rates of fishmeal and fish oil common in early modern aquafeeds, and especially those for salmonids, these materials could be regarded as the foundation of fed aquaculture as we know it (Auchterlonie, 2016).  The provision of diets that met the farmed fish nutritional needs essentially freed up the industry to develop systems technology and health controls, that made the advances in the volume of production that were required to achieve viability...

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Speakers are confirmed for the IFFO Annual Conference

Speakers for the upcoming 57th IFFO Annual Conference have now been confirmed as registration numbers continue to soar. They include Andy Bing (Loch Duart), Christian Martin (DSM), John Connelly (National Fisheries Institute USA, Ray Hilborn (University of Washington), Willie Loh (Cargill) and George Chamberlain (GAA). The conference will be held at the prestigious Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington DC and is open to alll...

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The benefits of Fishmeal and Fish Oil in Swine and Poultry Diets

Decades ago fishmeal and fish oil were the mainstay of pig and poultry production, but with the growth of aquaculture from the 1960s onwards these materials have been diverted largely towards feeding fish. With a very broad nutritional profile their use as feed ingredients for pig and poultry does have large potential advantages...

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