Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) has committed to maximizing marine resource use by partnering various organizations to restore marine fertility and has also targeted to reduce fishmeal ratio in aquaculture feed production to no more than 5 per cent.
This commitment has been announced by DVM Sujint Thammasart, chief operating officer for CPF’s aquaculture business, who also pointed out that the firm said that the company targets to reduce the use of marine resources by upgrading animal breeding and cut down sea water use in aquaculture operations.
In this way, it has managed to reduce the fishmeal used in shrimp feed production from 35 per cent to 7 per cent in the last two decades and is targeted to fall further this production, to 5 per cent in the next 3 years.
“We have a clear guideline in protection and conservation, to ensure the sustainability of marine resources. We place our emphasis on innovating shrimp feed formula to reduce fishmeal which is part of marine resources, and shifting from black tiger shrimp farming to Vannamei shrimp,” Thammasart stressed.
In addition, CPF initiated “Grow-Share-Protect Mangrove Forestation” project in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Biodiversity-based Economy Development Office (Public Organization) and civil society groups, to preserve and restore mangrove forests for greater biodiversity, allowing marine lives to grow and preserving the country’s coastal and inland ecosystems.
The firm’s president also stressed that involving in shrimp farming and shrimp feed meal operations, CPF purchases fish meal from suppliers for the production of shrimp feeds for the company’s shrimp farms.
He outlined that fishmeal is generally sourced from 1) by-products of processing plants like Surimi, canned tuna and fish ball plants and 2) by-catch which is subjected to the sustainability and traceability rules under the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization’s Responsible Supply Chain of Custody (IFFO RS COC), which are certified by the IFFO.