IFFO welcomes discards ban
The IFFO has welcomed the European Parliament's decision to ban discards in EU waters. Photo: Henry Wolcott 2005/Marine Photobank
Andrew Mallison, director general of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO), has welcomed the European Parliament’s vote to introduce a ban on discarding fish in EU waters.
With the growth in fish farming is creating an increased demand for responsibly sourced fishmeal and fish oil as feed ingredients, the supply for raw materials needed to make fishmeal and fish oil is not keeping up with demand.
The IFFO estimates that, although some 25% to 30% of the world’s fishmeal now comes from by-products, this has only replaced the reduction in supply from whole fish which is capped at around 4.5 million tonnes.
The IFFO says that if implemented correctly, the discards ban may result in more raw material for the fishmeal and fish oil industry and could reduce environmental impact.
Mr Mallison said: “The supply of fishmeal and fish oil is not meeting current demand and raw material that could be used to supply these needs is currently being dumped at sea or on land. There is also an environmental imperative to process by-products rather than dumping them.”
He added: “The IFFO and IFFO members are actively working to increase the amount of by-products (including by-catch and discards) recovered for fishmeal and fish oil production and is scoping a project to inform this work.”
Mr Mallison also stated that good quality feed ingredients are needed for fish and animal feed if there is to be sufficient protein for a growing population.
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