Skretting sets minimum criteria with regards to the sustainable sourcing of marine products and the responsible management of the fisheries fishmeal and fish oil originate from. We also subscribe to and promote the principles of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
In some cases, we see that the fisheries we utilise cannot verify that they live up to the FAO principles. If this is the case, Skretting actively works together with other stakeholders to improve the management of the fisheries through fishery improvement projects (FIPs). In 2018, Skretting was involved in three FIPs.
Peruvian anchoveta FIP
One of the most important fisheries in the world, the Peruvian anchovy fishery, is engaged in an FIP to achieve a “certifiable status” according to the guidelines of the Conservation Alliance for Sustainable Solutions (CASS).
The FIP was launched in 2017 after the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the Peruvian National Fisheries Society (SNP) and the Center for Development and Sustainable Fisheries (CeDePesca). The Action Plan for the FIP includes an update of the former pre-assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard, an evaluation of the trophic impacts of the fishery, the improvement of controls for the small-scale fleet and a better understanding of the direct impacts on other species, through a private onboard observer programme. Feed producers Skretting and Cargill Nutrition are supporting the FIP and participating in the steering committee.
There’s a strong sense that the level of exploitation of this fishery must take into account ecosystem needs, given the status of Peruvian anchovy as a low-trophic-level species. A more specific analysis on the trophic needs of species that prey on Peruvian anchovy has been completed by the Instituto del mar del Peru (IMARPE). CeDePesca prepared a background document on trophic interactions using a compilation of relevant data, and IMARPE agreed to select an international expert to collaborate in conducting a full analysis. Dr Eduardo Morteo will act as the expert and collaborate with researchers in conducting the analysis on trophic needs of species that prey on anchovy.
After receiving comments from the working group, IMARPE adopted a working plan to conduct the analysis on trophic needs. This analysis is now underway. IMARPE has also committed to updating researcher Jorge Tam’s paper entitled “Relationship between Peruvian anchovy and other ecosystem components”. In 2019, documentation detailing the ecosystem approach and fishery management of Peruvian anchoveta will be completed. The improvement project is planned to be completed in 2020.
IFFO RS improvers programme established in Ecuador
A group of 18 Ecuadorean fishing and processing firms, together with three international feed producers, have agreed to carry out a FIP for small pelagic resources. The participating international feed producers are Skretting, BioMar and VitaPro Ecuador.
The companies involved represent about 80% of the country's small pelagic fishing firms, active both in the production of fishmeal and of frozen and canned products for direct human consumption. The improvement project is part of the IFFO RS Global Standard for Responsible Supply fishery improvers' programme, which allows producers of marine ingredients to demonstrate their commitment to improvement towards responsibly sourced raw materials.
FIP in Vietnam's Vung Tau region
Skretting Vietnam, together with fishmeal producers, governmental agencies and other aquaculture feed producers, continues to engage in a basic FIP in the Vung Tau province in Southern Vietnam.
The aim of this project is to improve the fishery management of the Vung Tau province mixed trawl fishery over a five-year period to a level where it can meet the requirements of the IFFO RS standard.
IFFO RS has formally launched its multispecies criteria to be tested during the next three years with relevant fisheries such as mixed trawl fisheries in Southeast Asia. During this period, the pilot will work as a part of the IFFO RS Improvers’ Programme (IP).