The feature in the last edition of the Eurofish Magazine (December 2016) on the Blue Legasea project in Alesund, Norway, an undertaking that brings together companies interested in exploiting marine biomass to produce a range of sustainable, high-value, and healthful products, continues in this issue with brief profiles on three companies, Pharma Marine, Rimfrost, and Vedde (Triple Nine Group).
The Netherlands is an important hub in the international fish trade. One quarter of the raw materials that are processed or traded by Dutch seafood companies come from the country’s own fishery. The major share – fish and seafood worth about 2.2 billion euros – is imported. Only 20 per cent of the products produced in the Netherlands remain within the country. Most of them are exported, mainly to other European countries. The total value of Dutch seafood exports adds up to over 2.5 billion euros.
The company Noordzee farms seabass, seabream, and meagre in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, processing and exporting the fish to countries in Europe and to Russia. A planned expansion to its fish feed factory will contribute to the integration of operations enabling the company to maintain even closer control over all the production parameters.
Pakyurek, based in Adana in the south of Turkey along the Mediterranean coast, produces a range of fish and seafood products for the domestic market and for export. However, one of the company’s most important items is land snails, which are exported to France.
A joint venture between the BioMar Group from Denmark and the Sagun Group of Turkey, BioMar-Sagun has established a greenfield fish feed factory in Söke, Turkey, that went on stream in the middle of 2016.
Kilic Seafood is synonymous with the Turkish fish farming sector. The company is fully integrated producing at all stages of the farmed seafood value chain. The main production is seabass, seabream, meagre, and rainbow trout. In addition to on-growing facilities for farmed fish, Kilic has hatcheries, feed production units, packaging facilities and processing factories producing a range of sophisticated items. Since 2015 the company has also been farming tuna, on-growing the fish in cages in the sea off Karaburun near Izmir.
The Akel Group in Turkey is a major trader of agricultural products. Among the group companies is Agromey, a producer of seabass and seabream with its own feed manufacturing plant, on-growing sites for the fish, processing and packaging facilities, as well as sales and marketing divisions that trade the fish on markets within Turkey as well as around the world.
The Turkish coastline is over 8,000 km long and it borders four seas, the Mediterranean in the south, the Black Sea in the north, and the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara in the west. In addition, Turkey has plenty of inland water in the form of lakes, dam reservoirs, and rivers. These water resources yielded over 672,000 tonnes of fish in 2015 of which farmed fish amounted to just over a third.