2019 Technical projects

By the very nature of its activity, the Marine Ingredients Industry is rooted in local areas. As well as an environmental stewardship, it has a responsibility to contribute to their economic development and social cohesion. While new and undergoing technical projects will help gather data, they will also serve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

To be always ahead of the curve, IFFO keeps an eye on any emerging issues in the marine ingredients industry, keeping members up to date and responding when needed. Work is underway to deliver 7 technical projects approved by the Board earlier in 2017–18.

Fishmeal quality parameters and their relation to the nutritional requirements of fed aquatic and terrestrial species

IFFO commissioned Prof. Brett Glencross to look at the quality parameters in the global fishmeal products, investigating the factors that supply nutritional, health and welfare benefits to a range of farmed aquatic and terrestrial species. This work is equally important to IFFO in establishing the true value of the contributions supplied by marine ingredients in aquafeed and animal feed, crucial information that feeds into bioeconomic models and the marine ingredients industry’s sustainability.

The project started in 2018 but the 2019 aspect of it is to look at how different fishmeals perform nutritionally with farmed salmon.

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Strategies for reducing/delaying oxidation in fishmeal and fish oil

This project work is a long-running priority for IFFO. The objectives of the study are to detail options and strategies for controlling oxidation in fishmeal and fish oil and propose to the IFFO members some alternative strategies for oxidation reduction/delay to meet modern consumer and regulatory requirements. It will look at novel antioxidants and their application to fishmeal.


Plastics and their relevance in Fishmeal and Fish Oil production

The aim of the project is to provide information and data to help understanding of the issue of risk associated with plastics and fishmeal and fish oil production.

More information is available here.


Feeding the World Whilst Protecting Biodiversity: investigating the different environmental impacts of marine vs terrestrial protein production

A team of international experts in the field of fisheries and agriculture environmental impacts is working on a project work which will outline how much the production of the different proteins impacts biodiversity. In particular this will be a comparison of marine protein production with terrestrial vegetable protein.

More information can be accessed here.


A more sophisticated way of looking at Fish-In:Fish Out ratios: New methodology for scoring hierarchies for fish-out options in FIFO calculations

IFFO commissioned Richard Newton (Aqua Horizons Consultancy) to look at the Fish In: Fish Out paradigm in a more sophisticated manner, one that shall take into account the true value of fishmeal and fish oil and their nutritional benefit in aquafeed. This project started in 2018 and a Phase II will be delivered by the end of 2019.

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Fishmeal production in West Africa

This study will look at the issues relating to West African fishmeal production from the perspective of social, economic and environmental sustainability with the aim of identifying where improvements can be prioritised and targeted to enable increasingly responsible supplies of fishmeal. Through this study which is co-funded with IFFO by the Global Aquaculture Alliance, IFFO wants to fill in information gaps in order to support positive change in the industry on the long-run, where that is required.

More information can be accessed here.


Screening fishmeals for performance in aquafeed salmon

Prof. Brett Glencross of the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, was commissioned to take forward the results of the work delivered in project on fishmeal quality to look specifically at fishmeal performance in farmed Atlantic salmon, enhancing those results to provide a database with real world application. Farmed salmon models will be used to specifically evaluate the nutritional performance of select fishmeals on this species.

More information is available here.


IFFO members can expect more information to be reported on these projects in the Annual Conference, as well as next year’s Annual Report.