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The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation in Poland is teaming up with the Association of Fish Processors, the Sturgeon Producers Organisation, and 12 fish processors and producers to organise a Polish national pavilion at Seafood Expo Global (SEG) in Brussels on April 25-27. This will be the first time Poland will be represented at this event with a national stand. The aim of this initiative, which is supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, is to raise public awareness about Poland’s sustainable fishery and aquaculture products.

In 2016 production in the fish processing sector in Poland reached approximately 0,5 million tonnes valued at EUR 2,3 billion. Polish exports a variety of fish and seafood products, chief among them smoked fish (mainly salmon and trout) and canned fish (herring, mackerel, and sprat). The main destinations for Polish exports are Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Denmark. During SEG, the national pavilion (11-2551) will present the potential of processing plants in Poland and showcase a wide variety of products including frozen, smoked, and canned fish and seafood.

2017-BS-futureThe first International Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum was held in Pärnu, Estonia on 4 April. Organised by the Estonian Association of Fishery and the Fisheries Information Centre of the University of Tartu the forum gathered representatives from Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Finland and Russia. The focus of the forum was to discuss the development perspectives of the Estonian fisheries sector and other Baltic Sea fish industries for the next decade. The programme started with updates on the current state, evolution and perspectives of the Estonian fisheries sector presented by Olavi Petron, Deputy Secretary General for Fisheries Policy and Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Rural Affairs. Experts from Latvia, Germany, Finland and Russia shared their experiences in product and value chain development. EUROFISH contributed to the forum presenting the outlook for the global seafood sector. Valdur Noormägi, Head of the Estonian Association of Fishery in his speech highlighted the need to add maximum value to the Baltic Sea fish resources, focus more on product development and on the expansion of markets. 
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Novac afumat din Tara Bârsei, a type of Romanian bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), won protected geographical indication (PGI) status from the European Commission in March 2017. The bighead carp is reared in the Barsa region in mountainous central Romania for three years before being harvested. The environmental conditions and the three-year rearing period result in a fish that is lower in fat than the same species cultivated in the lowlands. The fish is processed into fillets which are then smoked employing traditional local salting and smoking techniques using sawdust from beech. The process gives the fillets a golden-yellow to brown lustre, a firm texture, and a smoky flavour. The PGI status is based on the fact that since time immemorial, the people of this region have practiced fishing and fish preservation methods, including hot smoking using beech sawdust. The application for PGI status was driven by Doripesco, a fish farming and processing company that focuses on high quality niche products.

Please join Eurofish at the world’s largest seafood trade show, Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global, which takes place in Brussels on April 25-27, 2017. This year’s show celebrates 25 vibrant years and includes an amazing 1,600 exhibiting companies from 80 different countries from around the world. Every aspect of seafood production and marketing will be covered, including fresh, frozen, processed and packaged fish and seafood of every sort, processing and packaging equipment, and industry service providers in freight-forwarding, logistics, insurance, and more.

At this year’s show, Eurofish will share the booth with Albanian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration and Ro-Pescador Association from Romania. Several other Eurofish member countries will host national pavilions, including Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Spain and Turkey. Attendees at the show will learn about the industries, markets, products, and growth opportunities for trade and investment in these countries.

World trade in fish and seafood continues to grow, as global exports reached $148.1 billion in 2014, compared with $110.7 billion just four years earlier, according to the FAO. World population is also growing, and in a few short decades, 3 billion more people will want food to eat. Fish and seafood, produced on a sustainable basis, will provide a large share of that growing food demand. This year’s Brussels show features several seminars with industry and market experts to inform attendees about market growth, environmental and economic sustainability, new technology, and other important issues. 

Tens of thousands of attendees from around the world and thousands of companies mean that the Brussels Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global are vital means to make industry contacts in the enormously complex and important world of seafood production and marketing.

Russia-SEGRussian fishing companies will exhibit at Seafood Expo Global, where the Federal Fishing Agency is organising the Russian national pavilion. The main goal for participation is to establish contacts with the end customers of their products, limit the number of intermediaries, and make the process of delivery, storage and transport of fish and seafood more controlled and transparent.

Among the species that are fished by these companies are cod, haddock, halibut, pollock, red salmon, sea bass, catfish, herring, whiting, squid, scallops, smelt, salmon, pink salmon, sardines, and crabs. Many of these products are also processed into frozen fish, but also into fillets, canned fish, smoked, salted, dried and sun-dried delicacies, fish meal and fish oil.

From its 720 sq. m pavilion the Russian fish and seafood industry will present new and high quality products showing off best production practices, interactive company demonstrations, and information about the Russian fish industry and its plans for development. Visit the Russian pavilion in Hall 11 at Seafood Expo Global on 25-27 April 2017.

FEAPThe theme of this year's Aquaculture in Motion conference, the annual event of theFederation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP), was Farmed in Europe. Speakers reflected on the role of European aquaculture as a source of socio-economic security and healthy and relatively environmentally-benign protein, and on how, given the right circumstances, fish farming in Europe could become even more significant as a provider of jobs and nutrition.

The presentations from the event, which was co-organised with the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation and attracted over 75 participants, can be viewed here



In 1986, APROMAR was created as an association to defend the interests of the marine aquaculture sector. This year at the APROMAR General Assembly held on May 12, and opened by MAGRAMA Secretary General of Fisheries, D. Andrés Hermida, APROMAR celebrated 30 years of working for the aquaculture industry in Spain.

The president of APROMAR, José Carlos Rendon, highlighted some of the issues of importance for the sector. These included the National Strategic Aquaculture Plan, where he felt greater efforts were needed to implement the plan and to create awareness among local authorities about the need to streamline administrative procedures. Mr Rendon also said that the long delay in making funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund available to the sector was another important issue. While acknowledging the importance of mussel production, he pointed out that production growth is possible in many other species too. Mr Rendon reminded the audience that APROMAR, backed by more than 60% of European producers of seabass and seabream, had filed a complaint with the European Commission against the government of Turkey for the subsidy that it pays to farmers for these species. If Turkey does not withdraw its subsidies, the European Commission should impose a duty on these products, he demanded. The final decision will be known in mid-September.


At the Seafood Expo Global, the world's largest seafood trade fair, the European Commission organized information sessions on various topics. One of the services to be promoted was EUMOFA, the European Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products, to which were devoted two sessions on 26 and 28 April. Using data drawn from EUMOFA, Xavier Guillou from the Markets and Trade Unit of the General Directorate for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries showed some of the main trends on the EU market for seafood.

The EU is the largest trader of fishery and aquaculture products in the world in terms of value. In 2015, the trade flow (including intra-EU) amounted to almost EUR50 billion on a volume 14 million tonnes. The EU covers its domestic consumption mostly through imports, the majority of which are either frozen or prepared products. Shrimps, tuna, white fish and fishmeal are the most imported products. Norway (mainly salmon and cod) and China (processing country for white fish) are the main EU suppliers.


One of Europe's most important seafood trade shows, fish international, took place in Bremen on 14-16 February 2016.  This biennial event, organized by Messe Bremen, attracted 11,700 visitors, and this year a record 270 exhibitors participated from 22 countries.

Every area of the seafood sector was represented at the show, from production and processing, retail distribution, transportation and packaging, to financial services and aquaculture technology. Germany is a significant European consumer as well as producer of seafood, and the show brought German buyers and producers together with leading European suppliers, importers and distributors.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:58

EUMOFA introduced to global audience


A discussion of the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA), an initiative of the European Commission, took place as a side event in Agadir, Morocco, on 22 February 2016, in conjunction with the FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade. Its purpose was to introduce this important initiative to a wider audience around the globe and showcase the possibilities offered by the database, both to the policy-makers and industry.

Xavier Guillou, Market Analyst of DG Mare of the European Commission, said that he believes EUMOFA can be of great interest to a wide-ranging group of institutions and operators by providing more structured data. The rationale behind the tool is to provide aggregated and easily comparable data covering the whole value chain from first sale to consumption, covering a 15-year period.

He is confident that EUMOFA can facilitate trade flows in the EU market and make clear to policy-makers what factors are influencing policies.