MID holds successful workshop on “Danish solutions on of pelagic bulk landings”


On Friday 21st April,  “The Danish Solution on Pelagic Bulk Landings” took place at MID. The purpose of the event was to to discuss the handling of weighing and requirements of species sorting regarding landings and deliveries to Danish fishmeal and fish oil factories. The event had a diverse range of speakers who shared their knowledge and experiences in the industry.

The event started with Anne Mette Bæk, the managing director of Marine Ingredients Denmark, welcoming the attendees and discussing the industry’s participation in establishing the “Danish way of control of landings.”

1. Anne Mette Bæk Presentation

Peter Jørgen Eliasen, Chief Consultant of the Ministry of Fisheries, then gave a presentation on the current status of the revision of the EU Fisheries Control Regulation, providing attendees with valuable insights into the changes and how they might impact the industry.

2. Jørgen Eliasen presentation

Dr. Marie Storr-Paulsen, Head of the Section for Monitoring and Data at DTU Aqua, discussed the methods used in gathering data of  landings in Denmark and the need for robust data that can contribute towards better management in the future.

3. Marie Storr-Paulsen presentation

Lone Agathon, a consultant at Control Authorities, talked about how the implemented solutions work in practice. She shared her experience of working with the implemented solutions and discussed their effectiveness in achieving the industry’s goals.

4. Lone Agathon Jensen presentation

Peter Kongerslev, Senior Advisor at Scandic Pelagic A/S, then discussed how FF Skagen and Scandic Pelagic implemented the “Danish way of control of bulk landings.” Attendees gained insight into the practical applications of the solutions utilised by fishmeal producer FF Skagen and how they have modernized their systems

5. Peter Kongerslev presentation

Cato Christensen, Inspector at Skawinspection, gave a presentation on independent third-party inspection of pelagic bulk landings, ISO standard, and accrediting of the operation. This presentation provided attendees with valuable insights into the importance of independent third-party inspections and the standards they adhere to.

6. Cato Christensen presentation

Lise Laustsen, Senior Advisor at Danish Pelagic Producers Organization, then discussed plans for implementing camera CCTV onboard pelagic vessels in Denmark. Attendees gained insight into the importance of using CCTV cameras to enhance the control and monitoring of the pelagic bulk landings.

7. Lise Laustsen presentation

Finally, the event concluded with a workshop by the Icelandic Directorate of Fisheries. The workshop provided attendees with an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on related topics, enhancing their understanding of the issues and potential solutions. Overall, the event provided attendees with valuable insights into the industry and the measures taken to control and monitor pelagic bulk landings. The diverse range of speakers ensured that attendees gained knowledge and expertise from different perspectives, making the event an informative and collaborative platform for all.


Tobisovervågning – tobislandinger i 2023


The sandeel season started this year on 1 April and the terms applicable to sandeel fishing in 2023 can be read in announcement on immediate regulation no. 16 on the Danish Fisheries Agency’s website click here .

The ICES advice for catching sandeel in each management area in 2023 can be read and downloaded from the ICES website click here .

The sandeel scraping trip carried out by DTU Aqua in November-December 2022 showed a relatively good supply of fry to the sandeel population, and the total Danish sandeel quota in 2023, including year-to-year flex, was 186,267 tonnes (Table 1).

Table 1. Tobis quotas (tonnes) in 2023.

In the figures below, the landings in the 2023 biplane season are compared with previous years’ biplane landings. The twin landings after 11 weeks of fishing (weeks 14-24) are shown with a red line.

The figures shown include landings from both Danish and foreign vessels in all years. The landing figures are official figures from the Danish Fisheries Agency’s database . The landing figures for 2023 are provisional.


MID statement on PFAS in fishmeal


Fishmeal is recognized by nutritionists as a high-quality and very digestible feed ingredient that is favored for addition to the diets of most farm animals.

Fishmeal carries large quantities of energy per unit weight and is an excellent source of protein, lipids (oils), minerals, and vitamins.  Specifically, the high levels of lysine and methionine can be difficult to replace when using other feed ingredients.

At the European fishmeal and fish oil producers (EFFOP) PFAS workshop March 22nd 2023, the nutritional, welfare and environmental challenges associated with replacing fishmeal in the Danish egg industry were highlighted. Marine Ingredients Denmark (MID) understands the decision that has led to the removal of fishmeal for organic egg producers in Denmark, due to a desire to have a feed ingredient that that is “100% PFAS free”. Following the DTU study on organic eggs,  the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has also examined fish from marine environment and fish farms during this period. 100% of the samples showed either no PFAS or levels far below the limit value, according to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. “The new samples show that there is no risk of getting unwanted PFAS in fish from marine and fish farms, despite the fact that the farmed fish actually receive significant levels of fishmeal as part of their feed” according to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. This suggests that the ongoing question of high PFAS carry over from fishmeal may be a specific issue to eggs. But more research is needed. 

Since the DTU press release, EFFOP has been working to map areas of risk and how fishmeal from these areas falls into current EU regulations. No current levels are advised for feed ingredients, this paucity of information has created challenges, however EFFOP will coordinate and share all its data with EFSA to assist the decision makers. What can be seen from the data so far, is that PFAS levels in European fishmeal is very context specific and likely driven by species-specifics, production methods and spatial and temporal variations. PFAS levels have become an additional quality parameter routinely performed for each fishmeal batch by the producers and this will be available on request by the customer.

MID would be happy to collaborate for future PFAS monitoring and toxicokinetics with fishmeal.

Join our workshop on the Danish control of pelagic landings


On April 21st, Marine Ingredients Denmark will host an international workshop on the control of Pelagic landings using the “Danish way” in Copenhagen.

At the workshop, the handling of weighing and requirements of species sorting for landings and deliveries to Danish fishmeal and fish oil factories will be presented and discussed with stakeholders from industry and administration.

For more information click here

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please sign up here 

For further questions please contact us at MID@maring.org