Amid the outcomes of the 25th COP (Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) judged by many as disappointing, the European Union unveiled last month its ambitious “green deal”. This ambition now needs to be reflected in the common fisheries policy, at a time when quotas in the Atlantic and the North Sea are being defined.
I am convinced that the role of the IFFO Members is to lead by example, by pushing for effective and progressive fisheries regulations and promoting best practices, all which are already in place in most countries with fisheries resources but may still be missing in some regions.
As announced in Shanghai at the IFFO Annual conference last year, we want to enter into dialogue with a much wider range of stakeholders in a way that ensures the raising of awareness about outstanding issues while also promoting the sustainability of marine ingredients and their essential contribution to feeding the world, through the use of evidence.
Here's to 2020 being a decisive year for the industry, not only to prove the true value of marine ingredients but also to drive positive changes through improvement projects and collaboration!
I wish you all a very happy New Year 2020!
Petter M. Johannessen
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Communicating the true value of marine ingredients to a wide audience
A brighter future for fishing
The FAO's international symposium on Fisheries sustainability was held a few days ago. "Fish is an essential element in the future of sustainable food production," FAO Director-General Dongyu Qu said in his opening remarks, while stating that land-based food systems alone wouldn't feed the world in the future. People should eat aquatic products, and more parts of the fish.
The Marine ingredients industry has been involved in circular economy for decades. A significant proportion (one third) of fishmeal and fish oil annually is manufactured from fisheries byproducts. The potential for increasing the proportion of marine ingredients from these sources is substantial. More than half of a fish often becomes byproduct, and much of this is often wasted. There is also an increased trend towards processed fish in regions, such as in Asia, that have generally preferred to buy whole fish. As demand for farmed fish grows alongside the pressure to limit wild catches, these byproducts will increasingly be required.
The rise of vessels becoming equipped with fishmeal plant on board shows that the sectors (Fishing and Fishmeal sectors) recognise the importance of the material and are taking steps to use it. Additionally, a piece of work commissioned by IFFO with the University of Stirling highlighted that the available unutilised byproduct is found mostly in Asia (in terms of volume), where the market for live fish and the consumption of the whole fish are strong. Growth in the middle class in China and elsewhere in Asia may drive change as consumers' expectations regarding their processed seafood product may change. That then would create opportunities for centralised processing (and subsequent collection of byproduct from both fisheries and aquaculture).
Petter M. Johannessen
IFFO Director General
Once more, the whole industry gathered at the IFFO conference last week. Over 400 delegates travelled to Shanghai to share their market insights, listen to the latest trends and enjoy networking opportunities. The IFFO Conference 2019 has proved the importance of bringing the key stakeholders together to discuss solutions which can allow to tackle the challenges our world is facing. IFFO is committed to and plays a positive role in meeting SDGs and will to continue contributing to achieving them by 2030.
The fishmeal industry has a long history of working with others relating to issues of raw material sourcing and fishmeal and fish oil production. It is complex and requires both stakeholder management skills and long-term vision.
Ambition and consistency are key to keep everyone onboard, and I was pleased to announce in Shanghai a new communication strategy featuring 3 key messages:
- The industry is committed to transparent supply chains
- Quality feed is quality food
- The industry contributes to feeding a growing population, sustainably and responsibly.
We'll be happy that all IFFO members endorse and use them!
We look forward to meeting you in Lima for next year’s 60th Annual Conference, from 19 to 21 October!
Petter M. Johannessen
This combination of purpose and tangible actions is a good illustration of how Sustainability and Responsibility complement each other. While Sustainability relates to long term ambitions – balancing resource usage and supplies over time (“Our Common Future”, 1987)- Responsibility defines the way to attain the long-term purpose by balancing all stakeholders’ interests.
With this in mind, I am convinced that it is IFFO’s role to raise awareness on the ever-present need for more collaboration not just with marine ingredients themselves but throughout the whole value chain.
Quite a few articles were published this summer about a school of thought which seems to have become once again fashionable among some intellectuals, scientists and politicians: degrowth. Degrowth doesn’t have a single definition but clearly aims at limiting economic activity in order to fight climate change.
This seems clearly at odds with the dual growth of both global population and productivity. Growth isn’t always more. It can also be better. It triggers innovation and contributes to increased competition and efficiency. Institutions such as the United Nations or the OECD refer to this as “Green growth”.
The Marine Ingredients Industry has been involved for years in a circular process which finds a usage for every part of a resource. Today, the use of trimmings and byproduct from seafood processing represents one third of total world fishmeal production. This figure is already quite impressive! Recycling products that otherwise would have been discarded has enabled the industry to develop and the farming sector to provide consumers all over the world with fish, poultry and pigs fed with nutritive natural marine ingredients. However, there is room for more trimmings and byproducts to be included in Marine Ingredients.
The market has the power to use the consumers’ willingness to champion products which are certified for their sustainability, as an incentive for businesses to grow sustainably. And the 54.5% share of global annual supply of marine ingredients being IFFO RS certified, a 5 point increase over the past year, is a reflection of the high level of adoption of environmental friendly practices and the capacity to make further progress.
Petter Martin Johannessen