Nearly 30% of fishmeal, fish oil certified
Nearly 30 percent of global fishmeal and fish oil production capacity is certified by Global Standard for Responsible Supply (RS), a program the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO) launched two years ago, the UK-based organization announced at its annual conference in Lima, Peru, last week.
Additionally, more than half of 50% of IFFO members’ fishmeal and fish oil production capacity is certified by RS.
IFFO Technical Director Andrew Jackson reported that 73 factories in six major producing countries have achieved certification, with nine more pending.
“Croda, which supplies fish oil for human consumption, recently became the first company to achieve the new RS chain-of-custody certification, and more applicants are in the pipeline,” he said.
Much of last week’s discussion centered on aquaculture’s role in feeding the world’s population, which, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, reached 7 billion people on Monday.
“The future for capture fisheries is to maximize value and improve sustainability, and for aquaculture it is to increase volumes and responsible development in line with green, social and environmental agendas,” said the FAO’s Arni Mathiesen.
Human demand for seafood will approach 320 million metric tons by 2028 as the population, and incomes, rise, but potential supply from wild and farmed seafood production is currently set at less than 180 million metric tons, said Mathiesen.