The Global Roundtable on Marine Ingredients was launched in October 2021. Since then, we have embraced a variety of challenges and engaged with many stakeholders.
An initiative from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and IFFO – The Marine Ingredients Organisation, it is a pre-competitive platform reflecting the whole marine ingredients value chain. It draws on SFP’s experience setting up and managing Regional Roundtables.
The Global Roundtable has a long-term approach aiming at increasing availability of sustainable marine ingredients and driving environmental and social improvements in fisheries. To achieve this, our members contribute to maintaining a global overview of the state of the resources and industry and report to the group on meaningful projects.
I am proud to be representing Global Roundtable members in 2023 and continuing the work which has been started.
Árni M. Mathiesen
In December 2022, the Global Roundtable on Marine Ingredients is composed of 13 Members, covering the whole marine ingredients value chain and committed to an annual membership fee.
The Secretariat is run by SFP and IFFO, in close coordination with the Independent Chair.
• October 2021: Official launch of the Global Roundtable
• October 2021: Launch of the West Africa work stream
• November 2021: Launch of the Life Cycle Assessment work stream
• April 2022: Launch of the South / Southeast Asia work stream
• June 2022: Global Roundtable Update at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum, Bergen, Norway
• July 2022: Official statement from the Global Roundtable following the FAO’s State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture
• October 2022: Global Roundtable Update at the IFFO Annual Conference
“SFP created and maintains FishSource, a one-of-a-kind public online resource with profiles on thousands of fisheries and dozens of aquaculture regions. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible, to guide as many companies as possible with their sourcing decisions and improvement goals. We provide regular sustainability updates to Global Roundtable members on fisheries and aquaculture status” says Dave Martin, Program Director at SFP.
“The Global Roundtable wants to better understand the West Africa region through evidence-based information, gathered on the ground, contribute to public discussions, with a focus on food security, and assess the impacts of the industry in Mauritania and Senegal”, Árni M. Mathiesen explains.
In 2021-2022, the Global Roundtable contributed with:
“Interested parties are convened with Roundtable members to encourage support for Indian project(s) to establish whether the market will help support the further development of Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and encourage the development of processing by-product marine ingredient sources in regions where processing waste is underutilized”, states Global Seafood Alliance’s Steve Hart, Vice President.
In 2022, the Global Roundtable
An IFFO-led workstream focusing on a GFLI data-in project (GFLI= Global Feed Life Cycle Assessment Institute)
“ The Global Roundtable has expressed a strong interest in assessing the marine ingredients industry’s environmental impacts and in contributing to IFFO’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) work which aims at expanding and updating the publicly available GFLI database with new marine ingredients data. The overall aim of life cycle assessment is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the full (environmental) impact of marine ingredient production and avoid trade-offs or cross-subsidisations of sectors through incomplete sustainability accounting and in doing so ensure that all ingredients are being compared using a comparable metrics system” says Dr Brett Glencross, IFFO’s Technical Director.
In 2022, the Global Roundtable confirmed that it would contribute to a GFLI data-in project, with data collection starting in 2023.
IFFO-led engagement with SINTEF’s SFI Harvest research team focusing on pioneering lower-trophic fisheries with innovations to unlock the blue bioeconomic potential