Global fisheries and aquaculture | Increase in the raw material of marine ingredient by-products


IFFO tasked scientists to quantify potential volume of future global raw material supply

Scientists at the University of Stirling used models of current and future fisheries and aquaculture production to provide estimates of the future availability of raw materials for marine ingredients.

Commissioned by IFFO, the model shows an increasing availability of raw materials from by-products derived from aquaculture as this sector continues to grow.

He also confirmed an under-utilization of fishery and aquaculture by-products at present.

Dr Neil Auchterlonie, Technical Director of IFFO, said: “Models like this are useful in providing insight into future scenarios for the industry and are important in managing the security of supply of marine ingredients in the world. within global food supply chains.

He added: “The University of Stirling team provided excellent predictions on the future supply of these vital ingredients into aquatic and terrestrial protein production systems. “

Europe currently uses more by-products for the production of fishmeal and fish oil than any other region.

Fish oil is expected to grow more slowly than fishmeal, as future contributions from aquaculture are expected to include increasing proportions of cultured freshwater species with low oil yields.

Logistical and practical difficulties explain the current under-use of by-products in the production of marine ingredients.

The full report can be viewed on the IFFO website.

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