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Expansion With Improved Governance Is Future


PERU - If aquaculture is to fulfil its great potential to ease world food shortages, good governance and responsible development are essential, heard delegates at the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) 2011 Annual Conference last week.

For the small pelagic and fishmeal sector this includes rights-based management of fisheries which will improve product quality and open up more market opportunities for human consumption. Expansion of aquaculture offers huge opportunities for developing countries which can improve governance and increase responsible practice.

The IFFO conference was held in Lima, Peru. The host country reported substantial progress in improving controls on fisheries including the introduction of Individual Transferable Quotas.

IFFO also announced that more 50 per cent of its Members production capacity, and nearly 30 per cent of world capacity, had achieved certification to the responsible supply (RS) standard launched two years ago.

IFFO and partners, including Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and FAO, are developing an Improvers Programme to enable producers struggling to meet the RS Standard to work towards it.