IFFO is the international trade organisation that represents the marine ingredients industry worldwide
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 55% of world production and 75% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. IFFO is an accredited Observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The SOFIA report that was published earlier this week by the FAO yet again highlights the importance of using the valuable resources from our oceans in the most strategic and efficient way. These are needed to provide the recommended amount of protein to a growing population while keeping environmental impacts of food production systems as low as possible: “Fish and fisheries products are actually recognized not only as some of the healthiest foods on the planet, but also as some of the less impactful on the natural environment.”
Fish oil is a natural source of the omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA and DHA), that are essential nutrients for all vertebrates having important roles in development and in regulating metabolism and physiology. Thus, dietary EPA and DHA have beneficial effects in a range of human pathologies including cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and important roles in neural development and function.
The FAO’s State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture was released last month. I can only praise the FAO for updating the way it presents the status of fish stocks and displaying the proportion of seafood that comes from sustainable fisheries vs. unsustainable fisheries. This clear statistic will undoubtedly help focus on real issues. This is precisely what is happening with certification programmes. But why are certified volumes of terrestrial ingredients so low compared to marine ingredients? [...]