About Us

IFFO is the international ‘not for profit’ organisation that represents and promotes the fishmeal, fish oil and wider marine ingredients industry worldwide. We are globally respected and regularly represent the industry at international forums, as well as holding observer status at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the EU Commission and Parliament.

Acting on behalf of the fishmeal and fish oil producers and their trade associates, IFFO works to strengthen the global standing of the industry, while supporting responsible supply worldwide. With a network of members reaching across 55 countries, our members account for over 50% of world production and 75% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. While these products are the core of our industry, recent years have seen a widening to include marine algae cultivation and the production of meal and oil from krill. Our members include producers, traders, feed companies, edible oil refiners, retailers, financial institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Our mission is to be the global trade organisation supporting marine ingredients businesses, that:
  • adds value to its members activities; 
  • seeks to improve its offer to members;
  • is responsible and protects the reputation and long term success of the sector; 
  • is responsive, communicating clearly and effectively;
  • is respected by all its stakeholders; and 
  • contributes to direct and indirect human nutrition.

IFFO is responsible for

  • Providing information on production of marine ingredients.
  • Analysing and reporting on changes in market conditions.
  • Providing information on environmental issues and defending the image of the industry.
  • Providing an information network for Members including advice from the Secretariat.
  • Holding conferences and members’ meetings as a forum for information, education, networking, and discussion about matters of importance to the industry.
  • Providing information on current and proposed regulations affecting fishmeal and fish oil in different markets.
  • Promoting the benefits of marine ingredients by speaking at international events, publishing articles in international trade press and liaising with users, as well as via an interactive web portal.
  • Undertaking research and development on marine ingredients to make best use of fish nutrients for the health and welfare of animals and humans.
  • Lobbying for trade liberalisation to increase the available markets for marine ingredients and seeking to remove unfair tariff or non-tariff barriers.
  • The Global Standard for Responsible Supply of fishmeal and fish oil (IFFO-RS), which offers producers the opportunity to demonstrate responsible sourcing and responsible production and to gain independently-audited certification that they have achieved this.

Organisation Structure:

Board of Directors

IFFO's activities are governed by a Board of Directors made up of 13 representatives who provide strategic direction for the organisation.  Board members are elected from the organisation's Producer Members, four of which are from Peru, three from Chile, three from Scandinavia, and one from the USA with two more nominated from the rest of the producing countries.  A President and Vice-President are elected from these 13 representatives and the board elections take place every two years.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat is led by the Director General, Operations Director, Technical Director, China Director and Chief Analyst. Working across three offices in London (Head Office), Lima and Beijing, our team has strong international roots with staff from 7 countries who speak 8 languages between them, including Spanish, Chinese, Italian and Afrikaans. 

What are Marine Ingredients?

Marine ingredients are nutritious products used mainly for human consumption or animal feed and are derived from marine organisms such as fish, krill, shellfish and algae.

Who Are IFFO?

IFFO is the international ‘not for profit’ organisation that represents and promotes the fishmeal, fish oil and wider marine ingredients industry worldwide.