IFFO RS/MSC & MSC LTL standards comparison paper

The continuing development of the global aquaculture industry and the supporting fishmeal and fish oil markets has created a need for industry to demonstrate its commitment to the responsible sourcing of raw materials and the safe production of ingredients for aquaculture, agriculture and directly in the production of consumer products. There is also concern over the long term sustainability of global fisheries, including fisheries that supply fishmeal and fish oil to aquaculture.
With regard to marine proteins and oils used in aquaculture there are two main certification standards for sustainable and responsible supply; The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS), which is the focus of this comparison report.

The MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) runs a consumer facing eco-label fisheries program, working with partners to transform the world’s seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practices. It has developed standards for sustainable fishing practices and seafood traceability. This standard was the first one of its kind and is the most widely recognised standard covering fisheries, although at present there are only very small volumes of whole-fish from MSC certified fisheries being made available for fishmeal and fish oil production. The standard when combined with the Chain of Custody standard is designed to permit the final vendor to label individual fish products as sustainable.

The IFFO RS mission is to assist marine ingredient producers to demonstrate to stakeholders their commitment to responsible practices in the areas of raw material procurement and feed safety. In order to achieve this, IFFO, via its Technical Advisory Committee developed a Global Standard and Certification Programme for the Responsible Supply of fishmeal and fish oil (IFFO RS). It is a business to business standard covering responsible raw material sourcing and good manufacturing practice. The IFFO RS achieved ISO65 accreditation through its Certification Body in September 2012.