With the aim of driving innovation and highlighting the technological and sustainable advancements being made in the shrimp industry, the Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP) held its first Feed Working Group meeting in Machala, Ecuador on July 4th. Bringing together a group of leading companies from the Feed industry including: Agripac, Balnova, Biomar, Inprosa, Skretting and Vitapro, the group discussed how they could help achieve the SSP’s vision in providing a healthy, high quality and sustainable product while minimizing environmental impact. The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council USSEC, who share the group’s vision, and are also working to ensure the sustainable sourcing of feed ingredients.
The creation of the SSP Feed Working Group will support its action fronts to establish the group’s commitment to improvements in industry sustainability, with a view to proactively address one of the main challenges facing the aquaculture sector as a whole, and work with the wider supply chain to find and integrate future solutions. It was agreed that as a first activity, the Feed Working Group will review and give comments to the draft of the Feed Standard of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). ASC certification is one of the requirements members need to meet the quality standards promoted by the SSP initiative; alongside zero use of antibiotics and traceability.
SSP looks to work with companies in a pre-competitive way on subjects that require joint solutions, as they believe this will drive environmental and sustainable improvements much faster than working alone. José Antonio Camposano, SSP representative declared: “We can improve the productivity, and even the sustainability indexes of shrimp farming through animal nutrition, and at the same time strengthen the shrimp’s immune system. Feed ingredients therefore are an integral element as we look to the future sustainability of the industry, and why we have chosen this as one of our first places to start working together.”
“The SSP is the first time in the shrimp industry there is a platform of producers who are looking to support innovations, support environmental improvements, and are willing to work with the supply chain to bring these into production” commented Carlos Miranda, General Manager, Skretting Ecuador. “Ecuador is a good place for this to start given our recent growth there, but we look forward to seeing SSP take this work further”.
Source: SSP July 30, 2018 PR