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Denmark: Traceability system at new facility helps prevent IUU fishing
Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

One of Europe’s largest companies in the pelagic sector, Skagerak Pelagic, has completed its move to a new factory in Skagen after a year of rebuilding and installing new equipment. Among the reasons for the move was the ability to deliver fish waste quickly and easily to the fishmeal manufacturer, FF Skagen. This is important says Ivan Espersen, Chairman of the Board, as 50% of the fish that comes into the factory leaves as fish waste.

The new factory consolidates production from the company’s facilities in Skagen and Hirtshals under one roof and will be able to document sustainability from catch to consumer. It is vital that the new structure also helps to prevent unreported fishing, says Iver Espersen, traceability from catch to consumer are keywords in this regard and we are very aware that this is one of the requirements for our production. The new factory will have 100 employees and turnover for 2012 is budgeted at EUR80m. Skagerak Pelagic has a range of five product categories fresh, frozen and marinated products, matjes herring and herring roe which are exported to several companies in Europe and the Far East.