IFFO is an international trade organisation that represents and promotes the marine ingredients industry, such as fishmeal, fish oil and other related industries.

Marine ingredients are nutritious products used mainly for aquafeed, land animal feed as well as for human consumption and are derived from marine organisms such as fish, krill, shellfish and algae. IFFO's members reside in more than 50 countries, account for over 60% of world production and 80% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. IFFO is an accredited Observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Implications of the Coronavirus pandemic

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, IFFO's priority is to protect its staff and Members' health and safety. Therefore, the 2020 Members' Meeting is postponed until 2021. All IFFO staff members are working from home and all services are fully operational.


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What are marine ingredients?

  • Derived from forage fish, marine organisms such as fish, krill, algae,...
  • Currently 1/3 of the world’s fishmeal production comes from byproducts
  • Used in aquaculture as aquafeed (3/4)
  • 20% of the total fish oil going to fish oil supplements
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Unused resources have the potential to feed the world

Marine ingredients play a vital role within the global food supply chain, with the majority coming from forage fish, that have a very limited direct food market, and by-products, trimmings from processed fish. Developing and optimising the collection and processing of this valuable source of raw material should be encouraged as much as possible.

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Responsibly sourced & produced

To underpin responsible sourcing, there are a series of certification schemes (e.g. IFFO RS, MSC), that provide confidence through the provision of independently audited schemes on fisheries performance. Over 50% of the worlds' combined production of marine ingredients is now certified to the IFFO RS standard and this number will continue to rise. 

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March Update News

All environmental impacts associated with all the stages of the life-cycle of a commercial product, process, or service should be assessed before drawing any conclusions regarding the sustainability of a product or its continuity of supply. [...]

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We will not hold a Members’ Meeting in 2020 and will communicate the dates of the 2021 event as soon as we can.


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