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Reduction fisheries play a "positive" role in reaching SDGs

8 November 2019, at 9:43am

The fisheries responsible for producing the fish meal and fish oil used in the aquafeed sector play a vital part in fulfilling the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

So concluded IFFO's director general, Petter Martin Johannessen, who addressed over 400 delegates from 41 countries at the marine ingredients organisation’s annual conference in Shanghai this week.

The aquafeed sector uses around 70 percent of the fish meal (pictured) and fish oil obtained from the world's reduction fisheries
The aquafeed sector uses around 70 percent of the fish meal (pictured) and fish oil obtained from the world's reduction fisheries

Twenty speakers featured at the conference over three days and a statement from IFFO summarised their conclusions as follows:

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  • The marine ingredients industry plays a positive role in meeting sustainable development goals and is expected to continue contributing to achieving them by 2030.
  • The marine ingredients industry is complex. Science and a little bit of curiosity are needed to fully understand it.
  • Marine ingredients feed the world with proteins and have unique nutritional properties that can't be found elsewhere. EPA and DHA are essential components of a healthy diet for human consumers. They are vital for fish and animals' growth and the omega fatty acids fish and animals get through marine ingredients are then passed on to human consumers.
  • Big data are already transforming the whole value chain worldwide and new changes are expected to come, bringing more transparency and accountability

IFFO's 60th Annual Conference is scheduled to take place in Lima from 19 to 21 October 2020.