Aller Aqua and American Seafoods success at IFFO Awards

01 Nov 2017
Aller Aqua factory

Aller Aqua's fifth factory, opened recently in Zambia

Aller Aqua and American Seafoods Co. have won leadership accolades at the IFFO Awards.

Aller Aqua (IFFO non-producer member) won a Leadership and Innovation Award for its expansion work in Africa, delivered by implementing a strong management structure and taking a responsible approach with a focus on CSR.

IFFO producer member American Seafoods Co. won a Leadership Award for its work in driving fisheries improvements in its industries, such as MSC certifications of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Pacific hake fisheries, both posting the highest MSC scores in any whitefish fishery; and being the first US fishing company to complete a four-pillar Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) with no corrective actions.

Sustainable practises

The awards were presented by the incoming IFFO president, Michael Copeland, who noted that “this year’s winners showed that taking brave steps in expanding to the new markets and improving sustainable practices can both strengthen your business and ensure the continued prosperous growth of our marine ingredients industry.”

Speakers at the conference included John Connelly from the US National Fisheries Institute, who provided an insight into the US seafood market and warned the global industry to keep a close eye on US trade policies in this turbulent period.

There was a strong focus on both nutrition and sustainability, with presentations on quality feed by Loch Duart’s Andy Bing and fish oil and cardiovascular science by GOED’s Harry Rice. GSI’s Avrim Lazar also discussed the company’s zero waste imperative.

IFFO’s team gave insights into the EU’s approach to the reauthorisation of ethoxyquin, the development of the Codex and China fish oil standards and its work with the IMO on the amendment to the IMDG Code.