2018 Stakeholder Engagement initiatives

Beyond IFFO members, key stakeholders include non-members, academia, regulatory bodies, governments, NGO’s and industry press. IFFO constantly liaise with press to shape discussions and publicise project works. In 2018 IFFO organised 6 events and co-hosted one, allowing for knowledge sharing and networking. Finally, IFFO worked on multiple levels to engage with industry regulatory bodies, governments and NGOs to guide discussions and ensure members and industry are fairly represented. 

IFFO Events 


Miami’s Members’ Meeting was attended by 150 delegates from 25 countries. Discussions and presentations covered updates on supply and market trends of marine ingredients. Other presentations focused on soy and the growing need for dense protein packages as well as on the latest market developments for fish oil and included an Omega-3 market update. 

IFFO’s pinnacle event in 2018 was the 58th Annual Conference, held in Rome. The conference was attended by almost 450 delegates from 45 countries and included almost 50 presentations from leading industry scientists, case studies on countries and specific industries and analyses of latest market trends. 

In China, the 5th IFFO/JCI Fishmeal and Fish Oil Forum, held in Guangzhou gave IFFO the opportunity to explore all areas of the Chinese market, looking at both internal and external influences. The 2018 IFFO Fishmeal and Fish oil workshop in Changsha (China) was attended by over 120 delegates, 13 of whom became IFFO leads and one of them successfully joined IFFO in January 2019. 

IFFO’s Technical team hosted two workshops, one in Lima (Peru), and one in Concepcion (Chile). These workshops were conceived as an opportunity to engage directly with the technical representatives of the IFFO member companies in Peru and Chile. 

IFFO press releases covered all events and research news, while IFFO opinion editorials and position papers aimed to shape discussions on the sourcing and use of marine ingredients. Since 2017, a blog hosted on the IFFO website allows us to give more a regular insight into IFFO’s activities, with updates on travels and in-depth insights into trending discussions. 2018 was a year of ongoing engagement with the press and other writers on the subject of fishmeal and fish oil replacement, use of by products and the annual conference.

 

Advocacy 

China 
IFFO has worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOARA), the General Administration of Customs (GAC), embassies in Beijing, and research institutions, on regulations/standards development and revision, e.g. contributing to the revision of China Fishmeal Standard (GB 19164) and coordinating market access issues for IFFO members of US, India, Denmark, etc. 

IFFO has also coordinated fishmeal sample delivery to Dalian University of Technology for their experiments on antibiotics and ARGs (antibiotics resistance genes) and communicated with the Yellow Sea Fishery Research Institution (YSFRI) on EPA and DHA values in feed-grade fish oil, helping YSFRI with global cod liver oil data. 
IFFO has established working relationships with two new stakeholders: the China Entry & Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CQIA) and the National School of Developmentof Peking University, with an agreement with CQIA to sign a memorandum of understanding.

This year’s aquaculture industry report focused on the farmed crayfish industry in China and was shared with members in July 2018. This year’s aquaculture industry report focused on the farmed crayfish industry in China and was shared with members in July 2018.

European Union 

The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) is a multi-stakeholder platform set up by the European Commission in 2016 with an aim to provide recommendations and advice to the European bodies (Commission, Parliament in particular) on the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Europe. IFFO became members in 2017. 

In 2018, the AAC has been looking at the concepts of Fish In: Fish Out ratios, and related concepts such as Forage Fish Dependency Ratio (FFDR), with inputs from IFFO, who was able to provide some balance to the discussions on such a complex subject. 

The AAC has also been working on a sustainable aquaculture feeds position paper, led by Dr Niels Alsted. IFFO has also had some input into this.


Representing the industry 


Beyond the 6 events which IFFO organised in 2018, it hosted a side event with partners at the Committee on Fisheries 33rd Session (COFI 33), held by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). It gave an opportunity for fishery and feed bodies to communicate the pivotal role that aquaculture plays in global food security, as well as the opportunities and challenges faced across the industry. 
IFFO presentations were given at the following external and internal events: 

February 2018 
AquaFarm Conference 

March 2018 
IFFO/JCI Fishmeal & Fish Oil Forum 
Sharing Session of Public Relations Professional Managers in China Food Industry (CNHFA workshop) 

April 2018 
IFFO Fishmeal & Fish Oil Workshop in China 
IFFO Members’ Meeting 

May 2018 
Aquaculture UK 2018 – Sustainable marine ingredients and their role in fish nutrition, health and welfare 
Global Aquaculture Summit 
Green Fisheries Development Conference 
IntraFish Seafood Investor Forum 

July 2018 
FAO Committee on Fisheries – COFI33 

August 2018 
China International Salmon Industry Forum by CAPPMA 

September 2018 
14th JCI Autumn Conference 
ISAAH-QASH project workshop – presentation on the link between framed salmon health and nutrition 

October 2018 
IFFO Rome Annual Conference 

November 2018 
Omega3 summit – Global Fish Oil Supply: inputs, outputs and markets 
Workshop on Fishmeal and Fish Oil – Nordic Centre of Excellence Network 

December 2018 
China Sea Bass Conference