IFFO Position Papers

Fishmeal by the Back Door?

Introduction Peru is the world’s leading fishmeal producer, with the vast majority of production coming from dedicated vessels landing to licenced, independently certified plants. The fishery is carefully managed and the fishmeal produced is high quality, safe and fully traceable. However, there...

Modern Slavery in the Fishing Sector

Introduction In the last 12 months, there has been significant media coverage of human rights abuses in the Thai fishing fleet. Some of the catch is used for the production of fishmeal, which is then used as an ingredient in farmed Shrimp feed, the Shrimp then being exported to western markets (...

Would the 17* million tonnes of whole fish used globally for producing fishmeal and fish oil be better used for direct human consumption? (*2011)

Key PointsOnly 10% of feed fish has a market for human consumption.The higher price of fish for direct human consumption rather than for feed purposes, ensures that wherever possible fish go for that purpose.The tonnage of whole fish  used in fishmeal production is reducing. Twenty-five per cent,...

Demonstrating responsible marine feed ingredient sourcing in sustainable aquaculture using the available standards

Introduction In recent years there has been a bewildering variety of advice given to purchasers of seafood as to what they should buy if they wished to be seen to be behaving responsibly and buying only sustainable products. Many organisations such as aquariums (i.e. New England & Monterey Bay...

IFFO's position on the reported abuse of human rights in the fishing industry in Thailand

Concern has been raised following recent articles in the media about the fishing industry in Thailand using forced labour on board boats, as well as other human rights abuses. Some of the catch enters fishmeal production which in turn is used as an ingredient of farmed shrimp feed, the shrimp being...

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