Enviromental protection and sustainability of fishmeal
The fish stocks used for fish meal production are constantly and carefully measured and reviewed under independent scientific guidance in monitoring programs, in order to avoid over-fishing in specific marine areas. Fish species such as capelin, Norway pout and anchovies are not classed as overfished according to FAO guidelines and are only marginally used for human consumption.
Sustainable economic activity as in the case of Peru
- The Peruvian marine institute Imarpe checks fish stocks by random sampling and satellite monitoring and gives the responsible government department recommendations regarding fishing quotas.
- The Ministry of Fisheries issues fishing quotas relating to each fishing season.
- Fishing season: April – June and October – December
- Between these there is a monitored fishing ban (spawning periods)
- Every fishing trawler is allocated a maximum catch per season
- The traditional small fishery on Peru’s coast is under special protection by the authorities
- Fishing methods, mesh sizes and by-catch are strictly regulated
- Following natural phenomena such as El Niño, monitored fishing bans for all fish species limit catches so that the stocks off the coast can recover