Insights from IFFO's Members' Meeting in Miami - Day 1
The Technical Session of the Members’ Meeting in Miami commenced with an overview of current work by Dr Neil Auchterlonie, Technical Director. Neil outlined a whole series of current and planned projects that will inform the evidence-based approach of IFFO as an organisation that engages actively with many policy makers and regulators around the globe. The invited presenter, Prof. Dominique Bureau, from the University of Guelph in Canada, gave a fascinating presentation on his fish nutrition research in a career that spans over 30 years. In his “take-home” message Dom indicated that diets can be formulated with low fishmeal levels, but with this approach the other ingredients must be of very high quality to compensate for the low fishmeal inclusions. A short presentation by Allan LeBlanc of Calysta covered the technical production of a methanotroph that has the potential to supplement fishmeal in aquafeeds. An interesting point made was with regard to a probiotic effect of the two ingredients when used together in fish feed. Then followed a panel discussion, moderated by Neil, with panellists Dom Bureau, Kristoffer Lunde from Cargill Inc (USA), and Odd Eliasen from Havsbrún (Faroe Islands), with a range of questions being asked from the audience promoting a most interesting discussion on the continuing importance of fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeeds. Neil rounded off the session giving an update on the work of IFFO RS, on behalf of Francisco Aldon (Head of Operations), who unfortunately was not able to attend on this occasion.
Presentations from the Members' Meeting are available here in the Members' Area.