There will be enough fishmeal and fish oil from sustainable sources to support the further growth expected in world aquafeed production, according to Andrew Jackson, technical director of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization. He will speak on the topic at biennial aquaculture business conference AquaVision when it takes place June 7–9, 2010, in Stavanger, Norway.
"Pig and poultry feeds use less fishmeal now than in 1960," Jackson said. "We will see a similar transformation in aquaculture, though marine raw materials will continue to make an important contribution. The aquaculture industry anticipated the challenge and has answers in place. Research is reducing the levels of fishmeal and fish oil needed in fish feed and the increasing volume of fishmeal coming from byproducts of fish processing is an important development. Trimmings now constitute around 25% of the raw material for fishmeal production, which is a good way of using the wild catch and farmed fish to maximum effect."
IFFO has introduced a global standard covering the responsible sourcing of fish for fishmeal and oil production and the purity and safety of these products. The first fishmeal producer to meet the standard was certified in February 2010.