Fishmeal and fishoil

The need to provide fish as feed for other fish is seen as a challenge to the growth of the aquaculture sector given that the amount of fish that can be produced annually from the world is finite.

Fishmeal, a brown flour obtained after cooking, pressing, drying and milling whole fish and fish trimmings, is essential for almost all forms of finfish requiring feed, even if it is only early in their lifecycle.

When prepared from whole fish, fishmeal is made almost exclusively using small, bony, pelagic species, which generally live in the surface or middle waters of the sea. The UN FAO says that 90% of fish used in making fishmeal and oil is 'presently unmarketable in large quantities as human food'.

Fishmeal production also offers the seafood industry a unique opportunity for recycling the otherwise unusable trimmings that are discarded by the seafood processing sector.

According to the UN FAO SOFIA report 2016 (see summary below) between 25% and 35% of world fishmeal production in 2014 was obtained from fish residues (by-products and waste rather than whole fish).

More information about fishmeal and fish oil can be found at IFFO.

For more information please contact Karen Green.