Update - March 2019
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February has been marked by the release of Oceana’s report on dark fishmeal” in Peru. We have been in contact with some IFFO Members and with Peru's National Fisheries Society (SNP) on this topic and published a position paper which has been sent to all our members. We recommend the adoption of the IFFO Responsible Supply scheme, which is the only fishmeal plant certification scheme, in tackling raw material supply issues. Our paper has also been an opportunity to provide background on how this anchovy catch of approximately 150,000 tonnes could have ended up as fishmeal rather than food. Our intention is clearly not to justify illegal activities in fisheries supplying raw material for fishmeal manufacture, but to make media and stakeholders aware that there is a very limited demand for these species for human consumption. Despite years of marketing and promotion by government and independent activists, the consumption of Anchoveta in Peru for human consumption is still extremely low at around 2% of the catch, leaving a significant surplus.
Petter Martin Johannessen