EUMOFA has published a new case study: “Portion trout in the EU”, focusing on the price structure along the supply chain in Germany, Italy, and Poland. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is the main freshwater species farmed in the EU, both in terms of volume and value. Grown to a size of between 350 and 600 g, the fish is typically supplied to the market as whole fish or fillets. In 2019, EU 27 production of trout was 183,819 tonnes. The main EU Member States producing trout are France, Italy, and Denmark, accounting for 56% of EU production. World trout production has been increasing since 2015 (+21% in volume in the period 2015-2019) reaching 939,878 tonnes in 2019. The EU is the second-largest trout producer in the world, accounting for 20% of global production.
In 2020, the main EU sellers of portion trout were Denmark, Spain, and Poland, while the main EU destinations for this product were Germany, Poland, and France. The apparent consumption of trout in the EU 27 was 208,657 tonnes in 2018. Over four fifths of supply was sourced from EU production and 17% from imports. In Germany, the ex-farm prices for portion trout ranged from 4,37 EUR/kg to 7,79 EUR/kg (2019) with a final price of 10,41 EUR/kg (observed in small-scale retail shops). In Italy, the average ex-farm price for fresh portion trout was 3,30 EUR/kg (2021) and the retail price considered in the analysis was 9,90 EUR/kg for large-scale retailers (from 7,90 to 9,90 EUR/kg at retail stage based on a store check). In Poland, the ex-farm price considered is 2,62 EUR/kg (2020) and the report provides two price transmission analyses: packed product in large-scale retailers (final price at 5,79 EUR/kg) and unpacked product in traditional shops (final price at 5,82 EUR/kg).
Read the full report in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, or Polish on the www.eumofa.eu website.
The Danish Fishermen PO and the Danish Pelagic PO are sponsoring a competition to develop the trawler of the future. The vessel must be powered with a carbon neutral source of energy and should be capable of fishing effectively while conforming to Danish capacity regulations. The design should offer a workable solution for the fishery and provide the basis for a prototype vessel. Participants in the contest must present a design or drawings in one of the following three categories:
- Trawler for the consumer fishery under 24 m
- Trawler for the consumer fishery over 24 m
- Trawler for the industrial fishery
The prize for the winning design is DKK 75,000.
The Marine Stewardship Council, an organisation that creates standards for sustainable fisheries, held its sustainable seafood week in Italy in the first week of November. The idea of the week is to promote awareness among consumers about the importance of eating fish from sustainably managed fisheries. The event, which is expected to be held annually, brought together retailers and companies in the fishing sector to educate consumers using traditional and digital media as well as promotional activities in supermarkets about the importance of buying fish that had been caught taking into account the impact on the environment and on fish stocks. Companies from each stage of the supply chain from producers to traders, processors, and retailers were involved in the event showing their support for sustainable fisheries. Their participation bodes well for the supply of sustainably sourced fish and seafood to the Italian market.
From 13 to 15 February 2022, Bremen is the place to be. The city state will once again host fish international, Germany’s only seafood trade show. Organised by Messe Bremen the event will highlight the industry’s focus on sustainability while offering innovations from producers, retailers and the catering and hospitality industry. A parallel event, GASTROIVENT, which represents the north German hospitality, catering, canteen catering, and hotel sector, will also be held, giving visitors compelling reasons to make the trip to Bremen. fish international will again focus strongly on aquaculture and specifically on the use of recirculation systems. As interest in growing fish in land-based systems increases, developments in recirculating technology and the promises it offers are keenly followed. Greater sustainability, more control, and few, if any, escapes, are among the advantages of recirculation systems. Fish international will feature a forum with discussion rounds and presentations on the subject to bring the latest information to the audience. Another area in which interest is growing rapidly is that of plant-based alternatives to fish. Sabine Wedell, the project manager of fish international, while acknowledging that fish and seafood is the show’s core competency, is well aware that she must actively look at the development of plant-based products.
Sharing insights on business, innovation, market initiatives, and sustainability
More than 1500 delegates from the seafood industry attended the North Atlantic Seafood Forum held 8–10 June. The 16th edition of the conference, convened in Bergen, Norway, hosted presentations by more than 160 speakers from 16 countries. Presentations by scientists, industry experts, policy-makers, and CEOs from the global aquatic food industry (wild-caught and aquaculture) addressed common industry challenges, including consumer and market developments, seafood supply, sustainability, innovation, and finance, among other topics.
EUROFISH and FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Division are organising a webinar “Realizing the potential of geographical indications to advance sustainable seafood value chains" on 3 November 2021 from 8.30-16.00.
The webinar will present a global overview of existing seafood Geographical Indications (GI), and will examine selected case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. For more information visit the event website http://eurofish.dk/GI-webinar
Eurofish and the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia are organizing a series of three webinars that will brief participants on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Albania and Armenia, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine. The three events will be held on consecutive Wednesdays, 22 and 29 September, and 6 October. Each webinar will cover two countries: Albania and Armenia; Ukraine and Montenegro; Georgia and Serbia. The events will include presentations from the fisheries and aquaculture administration in each country as well as from a representative from the industry, the aim being to foster partnerships between the private sector and other stakeholders involved in strategic decision making to improve the business environment. The webinar series aim to create a briefing, discussion, and networking forum for stakeholder representatives from the above-mentioned countries while offering information on the fisheries and aquaculture sector in country. The webinars offer a way to exchange experiences, success stories, ideas, and challenges specific to the industries, including those from the Covid-19 pandemic, and to promote national and regional trade and investment opportunities. Attendance is open and those interested can sign up at www.eurofish.dk/ef-fao-webinars.
Eurofish organised a webinar on Brexit, and what it means for European seafood traders on June 24. Presentations and the webinar video are now availabel at eurofish.dk/webinar-brexit
The INFOFISH tuna conference is one of the biggest international events for the global tuna industry. Held every two years the event brings together representatives from the industry, researchers, NGOs, fisheries management bodies, and other stakeholders to discuss developments in the sector and outline the direction it will take in the future. The pandemic forced the postponement by a year of the 2020 event as borders closed and lockdowns went into effect. In 2021, taking into account the prevailing uncertainty with regard to international travel, the organisers of the event have decided to take it online. Tuna 2021 World Tuna Conference and Exhibition will take place virtually 19-21 May and will include the conference as well an exhibition where companies can showcase their products and services using an interactive online platform.
The conference theme, The global tuna industry: Trailblazing through tough times, will address a range of topics of relevance to the global and regional tuna industries including e-commerce and logistics; processing and packaging technology; e-monitoring and surveillance; and sustainability and social accountability. The industry faces trends such as the growing popularity of plant-based alternatives and consumer concerns about fish stocks that promise to have a significant impact on the seafood market in time. Last year, for example, a multinational consumer goods manufacturer launched a plant-based alternative to tuna. The three-day event is divided into six sessions. A session on the impact of the pandemic and of trade wars will be followed by others on sustainability and social accountability, on retail, e-commerce, and logistics, and on technology. The last day will be dedicated to sustainable resource management and certification. Sessions will be moderated and will conclude with speakers fielding questions from the audience.
INFOFISH has gathered vast experience holding online events over the past fourteen months and together with its partners has customised the event programme and content to suit the virtual format. Participants can register at tuna2021.vfairs.com and regular updates will be posted on infofish.org.