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.
Over the last few years, Croatia has set a path to introduce electronic data delivery for the entire fisheries sector. The progress is evident and the introduction of electronic data delivery is very well accepted by the end-users - fishermen, farmers, buyers and the administration itself. Commercial fishers can deliver catch and landings data on paper (logbooks or reports), electronically through e-logbooks, via an app, or by email. Up until now, nearly 40% of the fishing fleet delivers daily catch and landing data electronically/digitally or by mobile application. What is even more significant is that these data cover nearly 98% of the catch.
The US fishing and seafood sector has generated more than USD 200 billion (~EUR 165 billion) in yearly sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in recent years. 2020, however, resulted in broad declines due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, according to a new NOAA Fisheries analysis. The protective measures introduced in March across the United States and around the world had an almost immediate impact on seafood sector sales. 2020 started strong with a three percent increase in commercial fish landings revenue in January and February. Revenues, however, declined monthly from a 19% decrease in March to a 45% decrease by July, resulting in a 29% decrease for the first seven months compared to 5-year averages and adjusted for inflation.