Sustainable Fisheries Development: Our aquaculture standards
What’s the issue?
Aquaculture production (fish and shellfish farming) is one of the youngest and fastest growing forms of food production on the planet, making up nearly half of global fish production. It has improved the livelihoods of many people in developing countries but there are concerns over possible environmental and social impacts such as waste water control or pressure on mangrove ecosystems for the construction of farming ponds.
The conversion ratios of fish meal to fish and seafood have improved dramatically over recent years, but aquaculture continues to require care and attention to ensure it is used in an environmentally responsible manner.
What’s our approach?
We believe that responsible standards are vital for demonstrating that fish and seafood farming can be a viable and more sustainable food production method.
We adopt third party certification schemes, having taken a leadership role in developing two global standards, which are pivotal to aquaculture becoming more sustainable.
Iglo operates a proprietary Code of Practice for Farmed Fish & Shrimp where we require all sources to be independently verified to one of the following standards: Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practice or GlobalGAP farm or to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), which iglo has been instrumental in helping set up.
We also pay attention to the origin and species of fish meal and fish oil used in aquaculture diets and have also helped shape the IFFO Global Standard and Certification Programme for the Responsible Supply of Fishmeal and Fish Oil scheme operated by International Fishmeal and Fishoil Organisation.