I would like to start this month’s editorial by wishing you all a very happy new year. At IFFO, we have returned refreshed and we’re already busy with a range of exciting projects and events. The dates are set for our three annual events, starting with the IFFO/JCI fishmeal and fish oil forum, which will be held in China’s Wuzhen City from 21st to 22nd March. Our Members Meeting will be held in Madrid from 2nd to 4th May and more information will be sent to members soon. Finally, this year’s Annual Conference will be held in Shanghai from 4th to 6th November.
Moving to our project work, IFFO continues to invest in the evidence-base that supports all our activities, and as well as a series of thrilling new projects in 2019 some of our current projects are due to report soon. Our project that takes a look at raw material supply and fishmeal production in South East Asia is due to report early this year and members will be able to read the report from this work soon. We are also planning some press activities around the launch of this report, which was co-funded with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). Another project that is nearing completion is the work looking at Fish In: Fish Out ratios, and again we may expect more communications on the subject of FIFO in the early months of 2019. The subject of antioxidants continues to feature strongly in the programme, and although this is an enormously complicated subject with many different threads to it, IFFO continues to work hard to look at options for the developing industry. There is much more to come on IFFO project work in 2019, and I am personally very excited by the work that is being delivered.