A series of workshops with the topic "Illegal Fishing: How Surimi & Fishmeal Industries Can Help” were organized by Pew Charitable Trusts in collaboration with GLOBALG.A.P. and other private schemes to provide awareness and education of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Southeast Asia, as well as the understanding that seafood buyers around the world are increasingly demanding IUU-free supply chains. These workshops are also aimed at positively changing purchasing behavior in the fish meal and surimi industries in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia, in order to reduce the risk of IUU fish being used to make fishmeal and oil.

Mr. Pham Viet Anh, Technical Key Account Manager at GLOBALG.A.P., attended two workshops in Bangkok, Thailand (8-9 Nov 2018), and in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (15 Nov 2018), and presented GLOBALG.A.P. initiatives to address IUU fishing using both compulsory and voluntary standards for Compound Feed Manufacturing. At the moment, GLOBALG.A.P. has a compulsory standard called Compound Feed Manufacturing and two voluntary standards (Add-ons) for Responsible Operations and NON-GM (i.e. no use of genetically modified raw materials/feed ingredients). These standards are being applied in feed mills for livestock and aquaculture. As of September 2018, GLOBALG.A.P. has certified more than 157 compound feed manufacturers in 30 countries around the world. The presentation can be downloaded here in English.

In conclusion, GLOBALG.A.P. has been working together with international communities, including private and public sectors, to prevent feed ingredients sourced from IUU fishing from being used in compound feed manufacturing.