At a recent Indonesia Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum held at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) office in Jakarta, buyers and retailers continued to push producers and exporters supplying only certified products and less fishmeal / trashfish uses in aquaculture.
Buyers and retailers see that aquaculture products coming from Indonesia are not competitive enough in the global market due to certification issues. The Forum recommended that farms and feedmills be certified in order to assure for food safety and environmental safeguards.
In the future, certified farms and feedmills will be encouraged to use less use fishmeal in aquaculture feed so that the incorporation of other protein sources such as soybean meal will be high. The U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) program is one of the answers to the supply of soy products for aquaculture feed. Therefore, the SSAP should continue be strengthened and promoted to wider aquaculture industries so that U.S. soybean meal has a stronger bargaining position in the global market.