Sustainable fish meal can support the needs of expanding aquaculture, according to Dr. Andrew Jackson, technical director of the International Fish Meal and Fish Organization.
The organization introduced its Global Standard for Responsible Supply in October 2009, which imposed standards on sourcing fish for meal and oil production with participation from the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the Marine Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Federation of Scotland. Fish meal producers are now audited by a third-party.
The objective is to control catches that will sustain and prolong using these products for human food and aquaculture. Currently, definitions are being prepared to describe byproducts since trimmings now constitute 25% of the raw materials for fish meal production.