IFFO Position Papers

Plastics and Microplastics in the Ocean Environment

Date: 14th August 2017 Author: Neil Auchterlonie Introduction The topic of plastic in the marine environment is rapidly gaining traction in the global media.  There is a general recognition that plastics are a problem, and the subject carries with it several points of interest that capture the...

Fishmeal by the Back Door?

Introduction Peru is the world’s leading fishmeal producer, with the vast majority of production coming from dedicated vessels landing to licenced, independently certified plants. The fishery is carefully managed and the fishmeal produced is high quality, safe and fully traceable. However, there...

Modern Slavery in the Fishing Sector

Introduction In the last 12 months, there has been significant media coverage of human rights abuses in the Thai fishing fleet. Some of the catch is used for the production of fishmeal, which is then used as an ingredient in farmed Shrimp feed, the Shrimp then being exported to western markets (...

Would the 17* million tonnes of whole fish used globally for producing fishmeal and fish oil be better used for direct human consumption? (*2011)

Key PointsOnly 10% of feed fish has a market for human consumption.The higher price of fish for direct human consumption rather than for feed purposes, ensures that wherever possible fish go for that purpose.The tonnage of whole fish  used in fishmeal production is reducing. Twenty-five per cent,...

Demonstrating responsible marine feed ingredient sourcing in sustainable aquaculture using the available standards

Introduction In recent years there has been a bewildering variety of advice given to purchasers of seafood as to what they should buy if they wished to be seen to be behaving responsibly and buying only sustainable products. Many organisations such as aquariums (i.e. New England & Monterey Bay...

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