Last Update: July 2017

The fishmeal and fish oil sector has made significant improvements in sustainability over the last 10 years. However, several fisheries around the world still face serious challenges. The SFP European Sustainable Fishmeal Roundtable focuses on monitoring the sustainability status of stocks used for fishmeal and fish oil production in globally significant reduction fisheries.

Objective:

To support the continuous improvement in management of fisheries that supply fishmeal and fish oil to SR participants. 

Supply Chain Roundtable Participants:

Participants in the European Sustainable Fishmeal Roundtable are principally companies based in the European Union and Norway that use fishmeal or fish oil in their businesses and are committed to continuous improvement in fishery management. The roundtable is open to new participants and invites applications from suitable candidates. The roundtable sometimes invites other organizations with relevant expertise, for instance certification programs, to update participants on recent developments in reduction fisheries. 

Current participants are: 

BioMar
Cargill/EWOS
Skretting  

Improvement Recommendations:

The EU Sustainable Fishmeal Roundtable has sought to improve its current knowledge of the issues associated with the relevant fisheries and the actions taken by the supply chain to date. SFP has made specific recommendations for improvements for each of the fisheries and the roundtable is currently considering which actions should be prioritized and implemented. 

Current Activities

  • Produce an annual overview of the sustainability of global reduction fisheries used for fishmeal and oil.
  • Share briefings on emerging sustainability issues that may impact on supply, certification, corporate reputation, and other areas that are important to the seafood industry.
  • Discuss matters of common interest, such as identifying fisheries where improvements are required and supporting the successful implementation of FIPs and other improvement activities.
  • Encourage downstream supply chain (e.g., fishmeal companies and catchers) to launch FIPS where required.

Progress Update:  

2011 – 2014

The initial roundtable (then called the EU Fishmeal and Oil Users Group) launched in 2011 and was mainly composed of UK representatives of the three participant companies. SFP has since reconfigured the roundtable to better reflect a Europe-wide view of reduction fisheries. 

The SR met at various venues: 

Brussels, Belgium, May 2011
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, June 2011
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, October 2011
Brussels, Belgium, April 2012
London, UK, April 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, February 2014

2015

The newly reformed roundtable met in Amsterdam in March and held a teleconference in May. Work conducted over the year included:

  • Encouraging greater transparency in the disclosure of fishery management data in important reduction fisheries 
  • Encouraging the formation of FIPs for certain high-volume reduction fisheries 
  • Preparing the annual sustainability overview of reduction fisheries
  • Further investigating the opportunities for traceability within the fishmeal and fish oil supplies from certain fisheries 
  • Encouraging the development of an “improvement pathway” for reduction fisheries from uncertified through to fully sustainable that engages existing certification systems
  • Identifying potential new participants in the roundtable.
      

2016

The roundtable met in Stavanger, Norway, on 26 May 2016. The group gave feedback on SFP’s 2016 reduction fishery sustainability overview (published August 2016) and discussed opportunities for promoting improvement in fisheries that provide fishmeal and fish oil. It was agreed that SFP would prepare an options paper laying out opportunities for companies to support fishery improvement. The meeting was also joined by a representative of Marine Harvest. Meeting notes available upon request from SFP.

Improvements in the Peruvian anchovy fishery were requested in direct dialogue with the fishmeal industry in Peru and through the South American offices of participants via the collaborating South American Reduction Fisheries SR (renamed the Latin American Reduction Fisheries SR in 2017). 

All participants continued to play an active role in the development of the ASC aquaculture feed standard, integrating the requirement for improvements and thus supporting the demand for FIPs in reduction fisheries.   

2017

The roundtable met in Bergen, Norway, on 16 May 2017. The group gave feedback on SFP’s 2017 reduction fishery sustainability overview (to be published in October) and discussed opportunities for promoting improvement in fisheries that provide fishmeal and fish oil.

It was proposed that another in-person meeting be held to further develop the work of the group and address issues around criteria for participation and a future workplan. It was also proposed to promote the 2017 sustainability overview when launched in October and to draw attention to the very positive trend in responsible management of reduction fisheries.

Prolonged engagement by roundtable participants has resulted in a FIP for north-central Peruvian anchovy—the project received a C rating in SFP’s FIP Progress rating system. Another new FIP is being initiated in Mauritania.

Project Contact:

If you would like more information about the roundtable or wish to support it, please contact SFP.

 

  

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