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New recommendations for sustainable development of aquaculture - EU

The Aquaculture Advisory Council has provided 4 new recommendations on aquaculture management. The AAC believes it is more important to communicate to the media and the consumers the need for sustainable sourced marine ingredients for fish feed and any other ingredient used in aquafeeds.

July 25, 2019

The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) is a stakeholder-led European representative organization that provides the European Commission and EU countries with recommendations on aquaculture management. Since 2017, the AAC provides advice on any legislative, regulatory or legal matter at European or national level related to the sustainable development of EU aquaculture. 

Four new recommendations were approved:

  • Promotion of the use of fish vaccines replacing the use of antimicrobials.
  • Ratio of use of marine ingredients in fish feeds known as “Fish In Fish Out” (FIFO). The AAC recognizes difference between FIFO and FFDR and how it is used by different stakeholders in different situations. Having said that, with a finite supply of fishmeal and fish oil, further growth of the aquaculture feed production will automatically result in an even further reduction of the inclusion of marine resources in the diets. The AAC believes it is more important to communicate to the media and the consumers the need for sustainable sourced marine ingredients for fish feed and any other ingredient used in aquafeeds. These should be expected to be subjected to the same level of scrutiny applied to marine-source materials while also stressing the need of reduction of FIFO within the EU aquaculture sector. Read the advice here.
  • Fish welfare at slaughter.
  • Import of subsidized portion sized rainbow trout from Turkey.

 

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