SPECIAL SESSION: ENSURING THAT FISHMEAL AND FISH OIL DERIVED FROM REDUCTION FISHERIES OR FISHERY BYPRODUCTS ORIGINATE FROM RESPONSIBLE SOURCES
Some aquaculture certification programs, including Best Aquaculture Practices, require that a certain percentage of the fishmeal and fish oil used in feed originate from a certified fishery. However, some feed manufacturers are struggling to meet these requirements because there are too few certified fisheries. This four-hour discussion will revolve around the status, and future, of the various fisheries certification programs and fishery improvement programs (FIPs) for feed fish fisheries and what the industry as a whole can do to improve the situation. Moderated by GAA’s Melanie Siggs, the session consists of five speakers, each giving a 20- to 25-minute presentation, followed by Q&A with the audience.
Session type: Presentations
Time: Monday, Sept. 19, 1 – 5 p.m.
Place: Shamian Room
Melanie Siggs has been the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s director of strategic engagements since July 2016. She is also associate director at Sancroft International in London. Siggs has extensive experience across both commercial and NGO sectors addressing a range of issues relating to food and timber, although she is best known for her work on fisheries and aquaculture. Most recently, Siggs helped Environmental Defense Fund build its foundations in Europe, following four years as a special adviser to HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. A former vice president of sustainable markets, working in partnership with the private sector for U.S.-based NGO SeaWeb, Siggs has traveled extensively, applying her corporate background to ensure a solid understanding of global conservation issues as they relate to private sectors’ supply chains, public policy and best practices.
Dr. Neil Auchterlonie is the technical director of IFFO, the Marine Ingredients Organization. Auchterlonie has B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD degrees in marine biology, applied fish biology and aquaculture, and has spent time working in technical and production positions in aquaculture companies and government department and research agencies. He has a strong track record in managing aquaculture and fisheries science programs in both the public and private sectors, specializing in commissioning, managing and reporting on the science that addresses policy questions for both government and industry.
Anton Immink is global aquaculture director for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, where he applies a wealth of experience in global aquaculture practices. Previously at Stirling Aquaculture, he supported the development of small- and large-scale farms across Africa and Asia. He also managed development projects in Bangladesh, India and Vietnam, and was involved in early aquaculture efforts in Uganda and Rwanda. He also worked with governments on aquaculture statistics at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Duncan Leadbitter is a director of Australia-based fisheries and natural resource consulting company Fish Matter, which was established in 2009. Over the past 20 years, Leadbitter has gained extensive experience in fisheries and sustainable seafood in Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific. His clients have included Sustainable Fisheries Partnerships, Taronga Zoo, ADM Capital Foundation, International Finance Corporation, Commonwealth Fisheries Association, Conservation International, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Fair Trade USA, amongst others.
Ms. Kim Thanh Nguyen is the founder of Kim Delta Co. Ltd., a consultancy company based in Can Tho city in the center of the Mekong Delta, which is known as the cradle of aquaculture in Vietnam. She provides training and consulting services in sustainability for the seafood supply chain. With more than 10 years of experience in working with the entire seafood supply chain, she is also one of the individuals behind the formation of the Vietnam Fishmeal Association. She has supported the roundtable of feed manufacturers and their fishmeal suppliers to address their sustainability challenges, to relevant stakeholders and interest parties during the 2016 dialogue at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels.
Giovanni M. Turchini, PhD, is an associate professor at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia, where he is associate head of school research and leads the marine, freshwater and aquaculture sciences research group and teaching programs. Turchini’s research interests span from fish to human nutrition, aquaculture, fatty acid metabolism, fishmeal and fish oil replacement, and ethical issues encountered in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Throughout his career, he has been awarded two ARC Discovery fellowships, developed a series of significant industry collaborations, published extensively, and his work is highly cited and influential.