Winner, Leadership Category
Dr. Andrew Jackson, Technical Director of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation, has shown great leadership in working with stakeholders to raise awareness of the need for responsible production of fishmeal and fish oil. The capture of wild fish to manufacture fishmeal and oil for use in aquaculture has been controversial and viewed as potentially wasteful.
Concerns have also been raised about its quality, safety and environmental impacts. Since 2006, Andrew has been the driving force for sustainable production in Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia. Today, more than 100 fishmeal and oil production plants across nine countries are now independently certified to the IFFO’s standard, representing approximately 40% of global world production. Responsible fishmeal and oil production has been one of the most challenging areas of engagement in recent years and Andrew Jackson’s commitment and leadership on the issue has changed global thinking.
About Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson having obtained his PhD from the University of Stirling UK, worked for a number of years as an academic in both University and Government laboratories in fish nutrition and diet formulation for both tilapia and salmonids. During this time he worked on UK government aid projects to find locally available feed ingredients, including the recycling of fisheries by-products into locally produced fish feeds. He then spent many years in the farmed salmon industry working in feed and farming in both Scotland and Chile, becoming Chairman of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation in 2002.
In 2006 he joined IFFO (the Marine Ingredient Organisation) as Technical Director, where his early work focused on encouraging the membership to recognise the importance of being able to demonstrate the sustainability of their industry, including the good management of any underlying fisheries. This resulted in the formation of a multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Committee to produce a global standard for the responsible production of fishmeal and fish oil for use in the aquaculture and Omega-3 fish oil markets. After two years of deliberation by industry and NGO stakeholders, the standard was launched in late 2009 as the IFFO RS standard, allowing a fishmeal and fish oil factory to demonstrate responsible raw material procurement from well-managed vessels and fisheries as well as full traceability, within a quality management system, to produce safe and pure products. The RS standard has proved to be accessible, relevant and credible, currently around 40% of the world’s production of marine ingredients come from IFFO RS certified facilities.
Recent developments include the changing governance of the RS standard as it becomes increasingly independent of IFFO: the standard is now open for all to apply, an independent RS Board has been formed with Andrew elected chairman, also greater public consultation is being employed at all stages. An Improver’s Programme has now been developed, linked to the RS standard, and Andrew now spends a lot of time talking to producers who do not currently comply with the standard, often because there needs to be an improvement in the management of the fisheries. Already this year he has held meetings with producers in Vietnam, Thailand, India and China on the growing need to be able to demonstrate the responsible production of marine ingredients.
In 2013 he joined the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s Steering Committee for the harmonization of its feed standard and currently chairs the Technical Working Group for Marine Ingredients which will contribute to the final standard.
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