At annual conference, IFFO announces award-winners, new president and next year’s conference location

Thursday, October 1, 2015

423 delegates from 42 countries attended the 55th IFFO Annual Conference, held on 28th-30th September, 2015 in Berlin.  The event is the essential meeting place for the worldwide fishmeal, fish oil and wider marine ingredients industry to network and share information. 

Omega Protein and Zhonghai Ocean Science & Technology were recognised as industry-leaders, winning in the conference’s first-ever IFFO annual awards. The 2016/17 President and Vice-President were chosen. And IFFO announced the next annual conference will be 24th-26th October in Bangkok, Thailand.

Presentations and recordings from the conference will be published in October to the members area of

A judges panel, drawn from the management board of IFFO, considered submissions from IFFO members who demonstrated leadership or innovation in one or more of the following areas:

- Representing the industry in lobbying and advocacy

- Setting an example to others in responsible business practice, environmental management and/or corporate governance

- Innovation in environmental, social, technical or product areas

- Any other forms of leadership that applicants may put forward


“We certainly appreciate the recognition of the Company’s ongoing efforts to conduct the most responsible, sustainable and socially-aware operations that we can,” said Bret Scholtes, President and CEO Omega Protein, which won in the Leadership category. “Like the other companies considered for this award, Omega Protein has made it a point to educate the world of the sustainable harvest of our collective fisheries and the many benefits provided by the marine ingredients that we create.”

Omega Protein’s achievements included creating artificial reefs from retired fishing vessels, representing IFFO members at the UN Committee on Food Security, publishing a paper on the importance of marine ingredients and producing a Corporate Social Responsibility Report.  The Leadership category finalists included Pesquera Exalmar, Guangdong Haid Group, Loblaw and Tecnologica de Alimentos S.A. (TASA).

Zhonghai Ocean won in the Innovation category for developing new pharmaceutical and food grade products from marine raw materials. It beat out the finalists Aker BioMarine, FIF and KD Pharma.

Also at the conference, the IFFO Board members elected Lucky Star’s Mike Copeland as Board President and Blumar Seafoods’ Eduardo Goycoolea as Board Vice President for the term running from January 2016 to December 2017. There were no other changes to the current roster of board members.

Opening dates for Early Bird registration and information on the venue hotel in Bangkok will be announced in due course on Attendees are encouraged to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible after the announcement to ensure they have secured accommodation.

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Notes for Editors


  1. IFFO represents the marine ingredients industry worldwide. IFFO’s members reside in more than 60 countries, account for over 50% of world production and 75% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. Approximately 5 million tonnes of fishmeal are produced each year globally, together with 1 million tonnes of fish oil. IFFO’s headquarters are located in London in the United Kingdom and it also has offices in Lima, Peru, and in Beijing, China. IFFO is an accredited Observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). For more information, visit the IFFO website -
  2. The Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) is a business-to-business certification programme that enables a compliant factory to demonstrate that it responsibly sources its raw material from well-managed fisheries and responsibly converts that into pure and safe products.
  3. To be certified fishmeal and fish oil factories must demonstrate sourcing from well managed fisheries and safe and traceable production. Assessments are conducted by an independent certification body and in just over two years, IFFO RS has successfully attracted over 110 certified factories, spread across nine countries. Most of the largest fisheries such as Peruvian anchovy, Alaskan Pollock, Blue Whiting in UK, Iceland and Norway, Gulf menhaden in USA and many more have been approved for supply into the manufacturing food chain including whole fish and by- product raw material to produce compliant fishmeal and fish oil. For more information visit the IFFO RS Website -
  4. Fishmeal is a natural, balanced, highly nutritious feed ingredient used in diets for farmed fish and crustaceans and as a high protein supplement in nutritionally demanding periods in the life cycle of pigs and poultry, as well as in pet food.
  5. Fish oil is the major natural source (97%) of the healthy long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Most fish oil is used in feeds for farmed fish and there is an expanding market for fish oil for human nutritional supplements and functional foods.
  6. The 13 IFFO Board members are chosen from IFFO’s Producer Members and comprise of four representatives from Peru, three from Chile, three from Scandinavia, one from the USA and two from the rest of the producing countries. The Board members are:

Peru – Humberto Speziani, Walter Martinez, Adriana Giudice, Jose Miguel Tirado

Chile – Felipe Zaldivar, Juan Carlos Ferrer, Eduardo Goycoolea (Vice President)

USA – Mark Griffin

Norway – Arnt-Ove Hoddevik

Iceland – Johann Andersen

Denmark – Anne Mette Baek Jespersen

Other Countries – Mike Copeland (President), Helge Korsager