Sustainable raw material

Fish meal and fish oil are mainly produced from harvesting stocks of small, bony fish which reproduce rapidly, and, for which, there is a limited demand for human consumption. About a quarter (and rising) of the raw materials are recycled by-products from fisheries (frames, off cuts and offal) from the processing of both wild caught and farmed fish. World production of fish meal is about 5 million tonnes per year and production of fish oil is about 1 million tonnes.

In Europe and the Americas, fishing quotas are increasingly precautionary. Fishery management is improving in most national waters, and the majority of feed fisheries are within national waters. The catch share approach and increased stakeholder involvement have the potential to improve the effectiveness of controls in feed fisheries. However, there are fisheries which continue to provide cause for concern. The 1995 UN FAO Code of Responsible Fishing is the only internationally recognised reference (used by IFFO, Marine Stewardship Council and others).

TripleNine, as a supplier of fish meal and fish oil, has been independently audited and certified as complying with the IFFO RS, first introduced in the market in 2010. The IFFO RS programme ensures that the animal feed, food and nutraceutical value chains that these key ingredients provide are both responsibly sourced and responsibly produced.