IFFO welcomes BioMar and Whole Foods salmon feed project

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

IFFO, the trade association for the global marine ingredients industry, welcomes the project launched by multinational feed company and IFFO member the BioMar Group and USA-based retailer Whole Foods Market to promote the use of feed for farmed salmon utilising by-products from fish processing. 

Approximately 35% or 5.7 million tonnes of the raw material supply for the marine ingredients industry is now from by-products from fish processing. The balance comes from whole fish that typically do not have a human consumption market. However, a significant volume of by-product raw material is still not utilised e.g. from fish processed at sea. In a study by the University of Stirling in 2015, it was estimated that globally another 6 million tonnes of by-products are not utilised.

The study also predicted that, given the demand from the growing aquaculture feed industry and the trend for more whole fish to enter human consumption markets, the percentage of raw material from by-products would increase to over 50% within ten years.

The main barriers to capturing more raw material are logistic, given the difficulties of collecting by-products, preservation during transport and the availability of local marine ingredient processing facilities.

Given the excellent performance of fish protein and oil in aquaculture feeds and the benefit of utilising by-products rather than allowing them to go to waste, IFFO hopes this initiative will encourage feed companies to work more closely with their suppliers to solve the logistic challenges and increase recovery levels.



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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 - http://www.iffo.net/
  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 - http://www.iffo.net/iffo-rs
  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.