Sabine Wedell, project manager of the fish international trade show, is organising Digital Seafood Meeting, an online event to be held on Wednesday, 21 April 2021. Together with Monika Pain, project manager of Polfish in Gdansk, and Selin Akdogan, project manager of Future Fish Eurasia in Izmir, Ms Wedell will present the virtual event, where discussions on futuristic topics such as petri dish seafood will be combined with matchmaking sessions. Whether buyers, product developers or sales managers the Digital Seafood Meeting will give partners and customers the chance to meet one on one. The accompanying programme of talks will be spread over three themes: out-of-house sales, product launches in the retail trade, and innovations. The focus of the first will be mass catering where questions such as how the pandemic has changed this market and what comes next, will be debated. In the retail product launch theme discussions will relate to recent developments on the market, new products on offer, and the extent of their retail success.
Aina Afanasjeva, Director, EUROFISH International Organisation, passed away on Sunday, 14 March 2021, in Riga, Latvia following a long struggle with illness. Aina, who turned 60 on 10 January this year, is survived by her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
She led the organisation for 12 years steering it through the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis of 2008 with a steady hand and working closely with the EUROFISH Governing Council to ensure the continuation of EUROFISH services to its member countries. Hungary, a country with an important inland aquaculture sector, joined the organisation on her watch, and Aina played a crucial role in expanding the EUROFISH project portfolio with multilaterally and bilaterally funded projects. She had a vast network of colleagues, partners, and friends not only across Europe, but in countries around the world, and the messages of condolence that have been ticking in steadily testify to the deep affection and respect she inspired.
Lea Wermelin, Denmark’s 35-year-old minister of the environment, has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum joining a who’s who of political, academic, and business achievers that includes Emmanuel Macron and Mark Zuckerberg. This year over 100 people from 56 countries were cited for the accolade. The awardees are part of a network, the Forum of Young Global Leaders, that uses its members’ talents, energy, and influence to create a more sustainable future for the planet. Nominees must be under 40 with several solid achievements behind them and must be committed to improving society both locally and across the globe. Ms Wermelin is not the first female, Danish environmental minister to receive the title, that honour goes to Ida Auken who won it in 2013.
Icelandic shipping companies, Eimskip and Samskip, now transport fresh fish to Rotterdam rather than Immingham, close to Grimsby, in the UK, Fiskifrettir reports. Icelandic seafood exporters have had to adapt to the changed situation in the UK following Brexit, where there have been considerable delays and disruptions in the transport of seafood from the UK to the European Union following the UK exit from the European Union at the turn of the year. The Icelandic freight companies have not been spared this and have had to adapt to changing circumstances, especially with regard to seafood that previously has been transported through the UK on its way to the European Union. Until now, fresh fish has been regularly transported to Immingham in the UK, where it was loaded onto trucks and driven to France. According to Björn Einarsson, Eimskip's Director of Sales and Trade Management, customers have stopped using the UK as a transit port for mainland Europe due to delays in the Channel Tunnel and also due to delays in customs matters on the border with France. So fresh fish is going straight to Rotterdam now instead of going through the UK. He stresses that this has not had any effect on intra-UK deliveries, all of which have proceeded normally. Þórunn Inga Ingjaldsdóttir, director of Samskip's Marketing and Communications department, says it is too early to draw long term conclusions so early in the year. “We had changed our system some time ago to be able to continue serving our customers who are sending to the fish market in Europe," she says. Samskip is emphasizing that the situation is temporary. At least for now.
The largest study to date of the cod stock in the eastern Baltic Sea shows that the fish has never had it worse. Behind the study are, among others, researchers from DTU Aqua, and according to senior researcher at the Department of Aquatic Resources, Stefan Neuenfeldt, the situation looks bleak. “I do not think we can save the stock as it looks now. But we can help the cod to survive, so that in 10-15 years it will have a second chance in a Baltic Sea, which hopefully is easier to live in by then.” Twice a year, researchers in Denmark and its neighbouring countries catch cod in the Baltic Sea to investigate how the stock is doing. Less than 20 years ago, the largest cod were up to 80 centimeters long, and healthy and strong fish were generally caught.
The Spanish Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA) under the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has concluded mapping the sole genome. This work could represent a qualitative leap in the farming of this commercially valuable species. IFAPA led the work that combined very long DNA sequences and genetic markers and will serve as the basis for mapping markers and their distribution throughout the genome. The integration of the physical and genetic map opens up new possibilities for farming sole, a species of high economic value in Europe.
Understanding that positive climate actions make both environmental and economic sense, Skretting Italy has had its ‘Carbon Footprint Systematic Approach’ certified to ISO 14067:2018, the international standard that provides globally agreed principles, requirements and guidelines for the quantification and reporting of the carbon footprint of a product. This means that the company is now able to provide certified carbon footprint figures on all of the aquaculture feed products in its portfolio, giving aquaculture operations of all sizes the means to calculate the carbon footprint of their products and a better understanding of ways in which these can be reduced.
The innovative wellboat Gåsø Høvding has been launched at the Sefine Shipyard in Turkey. The wellboat is 83.2 meters long and 30.9 meters wide and unlike any other. Møre Maritime designed the boat and Cflow delivers everything relating to fishing. They have both worked closely with Frøy on the innovative wellboat project for about a year when it was commissioned. “Our customer needed a large boat. We worked on several different options, but eventually landed on this one. Design and flexibility are the way our customer wants it,” says project manager Einride Wingan from Frøy. It is a good feeling to finally get her to sea. On such projects, there will always be challenges, but they could be solved along the way. The wellboat has a total holding volume of 7,500 cubic meters and is equipped with systems for sorting and removal of all types of cleaning fish, reusable freshwater treatment, 12-line hydrolicers and an advanced and automated hygiene system. Frøy has an additional five more wellboats under construction, four of which should be completed this year.
A union of four companies from Greece and Spain have joined forces to start a new era in Mediterranean aquaculture, Europa Azul reports. Avramar is the result of the union of the aquaculture companies Andromeda Group, Nireus, Selonda, and Perseus, specializing in fish feed. With a total production volume of more than 70,000 tonnes and a presence in more than 30 countries and more than 2 300 employees, Avramar is a leading brand for seabass and sea bream and the largest fish producer in the Mediterranean. Each of the four has been a pioneer and leader in Mediterranean aquaculture for decades, farming Greek fish in the Aegean and Ionian Seas and Spanish fish along the Mediterranean coast and around the Canary Islands. Innovation through value-added products that are easier to prepare and cook will reinforce the company's goal of becoming the preferred fresh fish supplier on the market. In terms of operations, the company plans to apply new technologies and methods to achieve more efficient and competitive costs. Avramar's commitment to sustainability, local communities, customers and partners is its top priority, alongside long-term investments in research and development.
Thai Union Group PCL has invested in California-based BlueNalu through its venture fund, joining other industry-leading strategic and financial partners in backing the start-up. BlueNalu, is one of the leading cell-based seafood companies in the world, innovatively producing premium fish products from the cells of fish which equal conventional products in terms of texture, nutritional profile, and taste. The company plans to introduce a wide variety of cell-based seafood products, including mahi mahi and bluefin tuna. BlueNalu will leverage this financing to complete the world’s first commercial pilot facility for producing cell-based seafood, and for market launch plans in late 2021. In 2019 Thai Union’s launched its venture fund with an initial commitment of USD 30 million (~EUR 25 million) to focus its investments on three strategic areas: alternative protein, functional nutrition and new technologies along the food value chain. Thai Union is investing in early-stage entrepreneurial companies that are active in these areas and will actively partner with these companies to support and accelerate their development.