Quality food is produced from quality feed: Marine ingredients are key ingredients for fish with aquafeed being the major market, taking 65-70% of the material), pigs, poultry, and pets. Marine ingredients provide them with recognized superior nutrition. Those nutrients are then passed on to a very wide range of consumers.

Marine ingredients play an essential role in global food security: Fishmeal and fish oil come from both forage fish and by-products (resulting from fish processing that would otherwise be discarded). The increasing use of by-products is providing an essential additional raw material source to support the fast growing aquaculture industry. For the last ten years, the production of fishmeal and fish oil has been relatively stable at approximately 5 million tonnes of fishmeal, and 1 million tonnes of fish oil. 1kg wild fish gives 4.5kg farmed fish across global production systems. 

Committed to responsible supply chains: This is a complex value chain spreading across the world, with decades of knowledge and robust certification standards to support their sustainability credentials. Checks and certification exist at each stage of the value chain to provide assurances to stakeholders, from traders, buyers, retailers and consumers. They are all underpinned by the FAO Code of conduct for responsible fisheries and follow the guidance of the International Standard Organisation (ISO). MarinTrust’s standards cover both sourcing and processing for production purposes. According to MarinTrust 51%, the global supply of marine ingredients is responsible sourced and produced. As for other stages of the value chain, they are covered by other standards such as MSC, ASC, FEMAS, GMP+, Global GAP… Each of these standards have their own field of expertise....find out more about marine ingredients in the blocks below.