Friday, June 2, 2023

IFFO’s analysis on marine ingredient market trends – June 2023 update

A taste of the many statistics and analyses that can be found in the market intelligence reports that IFFO dedicates to its members is reported below, covering IFFO’s analysis on marine ingredient market trends until April 2023. 

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For the regions* for which IFFO regularly tracks production of marine ingredients, roughly worth 50 percent of the global output, IFFO reports that cumulative total fishmeal production during the first four months of 2023 was up by 30 percent compared to the cumulative production reported through April 2022. The main driver of this increase is the larger production of fishmeal in Peru due to the late start of the 2022 second fishing season in the North-centre area of the country. Spain was the only country to register a decrease in the fishmeal production year-over-year.

As for fish oil, total cumulative output in the first four months of 2023 was seven percent down YoY, mainly driven by the drop in the fish oil production reported in the North European countries. 

On 1st June 2023, the Peruvian authorities announced that the first fishing season of anchovy and white anchovy in the North-Centre of the country for the year 2023 will start with an exploratory fishing exercise of 7 days starting on 3rd June 2023.

The quota for this region has been fixed preliminarily at 1.091 million tons.

The fishing season will continue after the exploratory fishing if the findings allow it, and the quota could be changed depending on the new biomass evaluation.

This announcement is of strategic importance to the marine ingredients industry given that, on average, based on annual production figures over the last decade, Peru accounts for 20 percent of global fishmeal and fish oil production. 

* Peru, Chile, Denmark / Norway, Iceland / North Atlantic, USA, African countries, Spain.

For more information about IFFO visit the website, HERE.

The Aquaculturists

Environment Agency invests in 220 projects to benefit England’s fisheries

Nearly £1 million of rod licence income has been invested to improve fisheries across the country in the last year, the Environment Agency announced, with 220 projects delivering benefits to anglers and supporting sustainable fish stocks. Projects supported with £925,000 through the Fisheries Improvement Programme (FIP) include creating habitat for coarse fish and trout, and improving angling access facilities so that more people are able to enjoy the sport. Since FIP was established in 2015, over 1000 projects have been successfully completed, with a total of nearly £7 million reinvested from fishing licence sales alone. 

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Heidi Stone, Environment Agency Fisheries Manager says, “The Fisheries Improvement Programme is a great example of how rod licence income is being reinvested, resulting in sustainable fish stocks and directly benefiting angling and local communities. The programme recognises and invests in a wide programme of work to help maintain, improve and develop fisheries.

“Looking to the future, we will continue to work with our partners, angling clubs and fisheries to identify and deliver high quality projects, the more people who buy a licence and go fishing, the more we can invest in this way.”

Every penny that the Environment Agency receives in fishing licence income is reinvested to protect both the sport of angling and England’s waterways. The FIP funding is also matched by local partners including angling clubs and fisheries and local trusts. Over the last year the total match funding, made up of additional cash and in-kind contributions, is estimated to be early £6.3 million. The Environment Agency works with organisations such as the Angling Trust and Wild Trout Trust to make sure projects are carried out to their full potential and have the support they need.

Shaun Leonard, Director at the Wild Trout Trust says, “Money from the Fisheries Improvement Programme has allowed us to do some really good work with angling club members to improve habitats for the wildlife of England’s rivers. In rivers in Cumbria, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Suffolk & Yorkshire, we’ve fenced out livestock, planted trees, battled problem plants like Himalayan balsam and introduced wood and gravel to create more and varied habitat. All of which, benefit the river’s plants, invertebrates, fish and the people that value those places.” 

Mark Owen, Angling Trust Head of Fisheries says, “At the Angling Trust we very much support the Environment Agency’s Fisheries Improvement Programme. Funding from anglers’ rod licence income and the resulting work will benefit local anglers and improve fishing opportunities.  

“We support the process by gathering project ideas from clubs and fisheries for assessment by Environment Agency fisheries officers.”

Examples of Projects in 2022/23: Colwick Holme Sluices, Nottinghamshire:
Holme Sluices near Colwick Country Park in Nottinghamshire is a major flood risk management structure, owned by the Environment Agency, that spans the full width of the River Trent. It is also the largest single barrier to fish migration in the Midlands as the sluice gates maintain different upstream and downstream water levels, leaving fish unable to pass through. Through the FIP, the project was awarded £50,000 to help with the multi-million pound construction of a deep vertical slot fish pass. The fish pass will be broken up into a series of 21 ascending chambers into which the water flows through narrow slots. All fish species can swim through these slots and rest in the next chamber above before continuing their journey up the pass and into the river. Construction has already began and the Environment Agency hope to have to have this finished by the end of September so that the River Trent can start to see more fish species and an increase in angling activities.  

Silsoe Junior Angling Coaching Lake, Bedfordshire:
Silsoe Angling Club have invested the FIP money on helping to create a brand new angling coaching lake which will be purely dedicated for juniors, disabled anglers and newcomers to the sport. The club currently has 20 angling pegs around its existing lake but due to a growing membership, demand has outstripped supply. This new lake will create a further 10 pegs which will enable the angling club to increase membership to approximately 100 members and allow for more angling participation events.

ON track new initiative, Lincolnshire: 
The ON track new initiative project, supported by the Environment Agency, has been awarded nearly £3,000 to support the buying of materials to create a wheelchair friendly pathway at an angling lake in Friskney. Money has also helped to create easier access fishing platforms for less able-bodied anglers. ON track recognises the benefits that angling has on mental health and shares the passion that everyone should be able to enjoy the sport with no limitations. 

Nutsey Lake, Hampshire:
Nutsey Lake, managed by Test Valley Angling Club, was once one of the best carp fisheries in the country and once held carp in excess of 50lbs. Over the last 30 years the fishery has progressively shallowed due to the build-up of increasing amounts of decomposing leaf litter. Not only this but Test Valley Angling club has also witnessed increasing episodes of water quality related issues at Nutsey Lake, such as algal blooms, reduced dissolved oxygen levels and subsequent fish mortalities. Through FIP, £32,000 has been awarded to invest in a series of improvements to the lake. Activities such as the removal of approximately 1000m3 of sediment has been made to improve the water quality within the lake along with the implementation of a tree and terrestrial scrub management programme so that wind/wave action is improved across the water. The lake has also seen a solar aeration system installed so that during periods of prolonged dry weather, dissolved oxygen levels are improved. 

Further examples of FIP projects in 2022/23: 

  • Sankey Glaze, St Helens – Angling facilities have been improved to enable junior coaching opportunities.
  • Mimram Panshanger Park, Hertfordshire – Funding helped habitat improvements to chalk stream undertaken by the Wild Trout Trust.
  • Ripple and Upton free fishery repairs, River Severn – Existing steps and handrails were replaced to allow a more safer venue for all anglers.
  • Stanborough Lakes and River Lea, North London – The Environment Agency have been working with local angling clubs to upgrade existing fishing platforms. 
  • Filston Farm habitat improvement, Kent – Funding helped improve the native trout habitats in the River Kent.
  • Little Avon Fisheries, Bristol – Practical habitat improvements were made to benefit fish stocks and the general biodiversity within Little Avon and its tributaries. 

The 2023/24 FIP programme is currently underway and a variety of new and existing projects are currently being allocated funding.

The Aquaculturists

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Working together to safeguard Scottish wild salmon

Areas on the West coast of Scotland where wild Atlantic salmon may face the greatest risk from sea lice have been identified for the first time as part of proposals by SEPA to help manage pressure on the species from fish farm developments.

The locations are highlighted in the second consultation published today for SEPA’s new sea lice risk management framework. The development of the framework follows cross-party consensus from the Scottish Parliament’s 2018 Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) and Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) committee inquiries and recommendations from the independent salmon interactions working group, set up by Scottish Ministers in response.

The second consultation, which follows an initial 2021 consultation and engagement with a range of stakeholders, outlines a proportionate, evidence-based regulatory approach to protect young salmon as they leave rivers and begin their journey to feeding grounds in the north Atlantic.

Wild Atlantic salmon is Scotland’s most iconic fish, but stocks are dwindling. Populations have declined across the north Atlantic from 8-10 million in the 1970s, to an estimated 3 million today, with the 2022 Scottish Wild Salmon Strategy acknowledging there is ‘now unequivocal evidence that populations of Atlantic salmon are at crisis point’. The Strategy aims to build resilience and transform the fortunes of wild Atlantic salmon through coordinated action to manage pressures in rivers and coastal waters, including the effects of climate change, barriers in rivers to migration, diffuse pollution, fish diseases and sea lice from fish farms.

SEPA is taking on responsibility for managing the interaction between sea lice from fish farms and wild salmon. The proposed new framework establishes a network of wild salmon protection zones in migration bottlenecks in coastal waters on the West Coast and Western Isles, such as sea lochs and sounds.

The proposals, which would see phased implementation, take a risk and evidence-based approach, affording opportunities for additional modelling, monitoring, engagement and adaption. When implemented, all proposals for new finfish farms or increases in fish numbers at existing farms that could affect protection zones will be subject to risk assessment and appropriate permit conditions.

Peter Pollard, Head of Ecology at SEPA, says, “The science is clear that Scotland’s wild Atlantic salmon populations have seriously declined over the last few decades and are now at crisis point. Safeguarding the future of Scotland’s ‘king of fish’ requires co-ordinated action and a broad range of interests working together to manage all the pressures they face in rivers and coastal waters, from climate change to migration barriers and sea lice.

“As Scotland’s environmental watchdog, SEPA’s new responsibilities on managing the risk to wild salmon and sea trout from sea lice offer an opportunity for a fresh, proportionate and evidence-based approach to working together on the shared challenge.

“Our modelling of wild salmon protection zones, built on international best practice, uses cutting edge science to triage risk and specifically builds in opportunities for additional modelling, monitoring, engagement and adaption. It does not lock in or out development in any area. What it might mean is farms in higher risk areas implementing tighter but achievable levels of sea lice control, with the sector having a good track record in innovating and adapting.

“We’ve worked hard to date to listen to a broad and often diverse range of views on the future regulatory landscape to support wild salmon. We understand views can be polarised and we’ll continue to listen during this further consultation, which we’re extending to ensure we hear directly from all those who share an interest in the framework and the future of wild Atlantic salmon.”

A series of workshops will be hosted with stakeholders during June, July and August 2023.

SEPA plans to introduce the framework in phases from the end of 2023, prioritising assessment of new or expanding fish farms.

For more information about SEPA visit the website, HERE.

The Aquaculturists