Aquaculture contributing to food security

Fishmeal ‘A sustainable future for aquaculture’ provided an overview of issues related to feed and sustainable aquaculture. Credit: Quentin Bates

Fishery and feed bodies have stressed the pivotal role that aquaculture plays in global food security at an event organised by IFFO the Marine Ingredients Organisation and partners.

‘A sustainable future for aquaculture’, which took place on 11 July at the Committee on Fisheries 33rd Session (COFI 33), held by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), provided a comprehensive overview of issues related to feed and sustainable aquaculture and highlighted the opportunities and challenges faced across the industry.

IFFO’s technical director, Dr Neil Auchterlonie, discussed the key role of fishmeal and fish oil as feed ingredients, including the importance of the materials in developing modern fed aquaculture. Following the presentation, he noted that: “this event presented a unique opportunity to engage stakeholders, and especially government officials and policy-makers, from across the food and agricultural industry, raising the profile and importance of the aquaculture industry.

“Marine ingredients, most notably fishmeal and fish oil, are the foundation of feed for the aquaculture industry and remain a strategic ingredient given the highly nutritious qualities. At IFFO, we are working hard to encourage responsible sourcing and finding the most effective way to use these valuable ingredients.”

Variety of viewpoints

Other aquaculture speakers included Melanie Siggs, Global Aquaculture Alliance; John Connelly, National Fisheries Institute; Trygve Berg Lea, Skretting; Dr Niels Alsted, FEFAC; and Dr Rodrigo Roubach, FAO.

Alongside IFFO, partners for the event included FAO, European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC), Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), The Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS), National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and Skretting.

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