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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:16

FAO: Senior Fishery Officers wanted

The FAO is looking to fill a couple of Senior Fishery Officer posts at their headquarters in Rome. One position sought is a  specialist in the Seafood Value Chain while the other is Trade. Deadline for applying is March 7, 2016. For more information click on the links below.

Senior Fishery Officer - Trade

Senior Fishery Officer - Seafood Value Chain

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:24

Bremen: Trade fairs exceed expectations

About 11,700 visitors at fish international and GASTRO IVENT 

Exhibitors and organisers drew a positive balance in the Bremen exhibition halls at the end of the 15th fish international and the second GASTRO IVENT. With about 11,700 visitors the fair even surpassed the organisers' expectations. And the exhibition of Fleischer-Einkauf AG which took place parallel to the main event also achieved a good result with about 1,800 visitors.

Germany's only trade fair for fish and seafood once again proved its reputation as the industry's meeting place, and with numerous product innovations set the tone for the entire industry. "fish international stands out for its great audience", said Stefanie Görtz (Vidal Feinkost from Staudt): "It's not only the right place for maintaining existing contacts but also for attracting new ones." For Egil Magne Haugstad (Pelagia, Norway), a producer of raw materials for industry, the special charm of the fair is in its compact size: "Here you have time combined with short distances. That leads to interesting, in-depth discussions. In comparison, larger trade fairs have more the character of speed-dating."

Among the biggest exhibitors at fish international were Deutsche See and Transgourmet Seafood from Bremerhaven. "The fair was marked by good discussions, not only with our regular customers but also with new prospective ones," said company spokesman Andreas Kremer in an initial assessment. Jörgen Bergmann, Communications Manager at Transgourmet, came to a similar conclusion. Transgourmet had brought with them 20 partner companies. "It was a very good opportunity to present the full product and service portfolio", said Bergmann. "The fair isn't only important for us as a company but also for the location Bremerhaven."


The European Commission set up the European Marine Observation Data Network (EMODnet) six years ago. It is a network of more than 100 organisations working together to observe and measure the oceans, process the data according to international standards and then make that information freely available. Usually, the data are collected via local, national and regional databases and then made available via EMODnet's central information gateway as interoperable data layers and data products.

Human Activities is a relatively new discipline added to the EMODnet central portal. The aim is to map all sea-related human activities concerning for example mariculture, fisheries zones, main ports (i.e. transport of goods, passenger and vessels), cultural heritage, and many other. The map provides aggregated data on the geographical position and spatial extent of the activities concerned, their temporal variation, time when data was provided, and attributes to indicate the intensity of each activity. Data are collected and updated on a permanent basis, subject to their availability. The portal has been designed to make it easy to search for information.  

Representatives of the six project partners involved in Human Activities met in Oostende to discuss the project state-of-the-play as well as future tasks till the end of the project which will end in September 2016. Among these, the distribution of a questionnaire to key stakeholders to get their feedback as well as the implementation of a search engine optimisation strategy were discussed. Although positive feedback has been received on the portal up to now, Human Activities needs to attract more visitors and raise global awareness about the portal. The information displayed is not only a useful reference for e.g. researchers, academia, government administrations but also for the industry, associations, individual experts and anyone who has an interest in the fields covered by the portal. For more information, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


His Royal Highness Prince Joachim will open the fisheries and aquaculture fairs DanFish International and DanAqua, in Aalborg, Denmark on 7 October. As patron of DanFish International, HRH opened the event 3 times, lastly in 2011 where he received high praise for his opening speech which showed the Prince's great insight in fisheries.

Stand area close to sold out

Although DanFish International won't open until October, the fair is close to being sold out even though the exhibition space has been extended from previous years. The space will hold exhibitors from around 25 different countries and expects to attract about 15,000 visitors from around the world.

For further information contact Ernst Trillingsgaard, director Aalborg Congress and Culture Center at tel. +45 9935 5501 or +45 20735501 or Else Herfort, Trade fair & Exhibition Manager, tel. +45 9935 5518th

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 07:39

EUROFISH presents at seafood forum


A forum on innovative packaging for the seafood industry took place on 29 May 2015 in Gdansk, Poland. It was organised by Fish Industry Magazine and the company SealedAir. EUROFISH International Organisation was one of co-partners of the event and Aina Afanasjeva, Director of EUROFISH made an opening speech. She highlighted the role of packaging for food safety, product shelf life, operational efficiency and brand building. The forum brought together a wide-ranging group of experts and important stakeholders, mainly from Poland, to review the progress and future potential of use of different packaging solutions.


Confidence in culture was the theme at the third edition of FEAP's annual European aquaculture event, Aquaculture in Motion, which was co-organised with FEFAC, the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation in December. To satisfy consumer and society's expectations of European aquaculture, the sector knows that it must provide confidence in the professional activity and its products, adapting to change and investing in new tools for production, management and innovation. Over 90 participants from 18 different European countries attended the event.

The meeting was opened by Mathieu Berg, responsible for aquaculture in the Aquitaine Region, the FEAP President, Arnault Chaperon, and Niels Alsted, chair of FEFAC's fish feed committee. Lowri Evans, Director General of DG Mare made a keynote introduction highlighting that the EU will continue to do all it can towards putting the framework in place to provide the business conditions and the support that will encourage growth and jobs in European aquaculture.

An upcoming event, "Resolving key fisheries issues through targeted communication," will take place on Friday, 30 January 2015 at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, starting at 9.00 with a planned introduction by Mr. John Bell, Director, DG Research.  The plenary speakers include:

  • Mr. Bernhard Friess, director of Atlantic, Outermost regions and Arctic, DG MARE. The presentation is entitled: "Future of European fisheries"
  • Mr. Lahsen Ababouch, director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division (FIP), FAO. The presentation is entitled "Future of world fisheries: FAO perspective"
  • Mr. Poul Degnbol, head of the Advisory Programme, ICES. The presentation is entitled: "Transparency in scientific advice and quota setting"

This session will be followed by reports from partners in the ComFish project on the North Sea, Baltic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, describing challenges and lessons to be communicated to stakeholders. Four concurrent afternoon workshops will provide an opportunity to network and brainstorm on frameworks of action for selected fisheries issues.

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 07:55

Spain: Assessment of macroalgae farming


The APROMAR association is developing and promoting a project entitled assessment of the exploitation and sustainable management proposals of macroalgae farming in ANDALUSIA, ASTURIAS AND GALICIA. The project members are the University of A Coruña (BioCost Group, Dr. Javier Cremades Ugarte), the Fisheries Experimentation Center of Asturias (Dr. Eva Maria Llera González) the IFAPA-Toruño of the Junta de Andalucía (Dr. José; Pedro Cañavate Hors) and the technical consultant and project coordinator, Mr Juan Manuel Fernández Aldana.

A GENERAL STUDY will assess a first overview of the macroalgae sector, followed by an ANALYSIS on the current situation of the exploitation and seaweed cultivation in Galicia, Andalusia and Asturias. A SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT PLAN, a GUIDE OF GOOD PRACTICES and, finally, a STRATEGY OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT for producing value added products from macroalgae will be produced.


(Romania) The 5th edition of the National Fish Festival "PESCIA" has been organised in Ia?i during October 24th - 26th. The Festival gathers fish farmers, processors, importers, wholesalers, retailers and chefs in an effort of increase the fish consumption in Romania combining information on species, farming techniques, processing diversification and creative recipes. The activities are organised through a European Fisheries Fund financing which aims to increase the awareness of the high quality protein that fish is providing and of the positive effects on improving the health of the consumers. The event included also conferences on the positive effects of fish consumption, fish cooking shows, tricks and tips for fish freshness assessment.


JFish, a company based near Kaunas in Lithuania, has discovered that catfish can be used to produce bacon, says According to the company's head of production Marius Krutulis, the taste was found accidentally, when conducting tests for another product.

Krutulis emphasises the importance of the small details in the production of the fish. The taste depends not only on the proper production and smoking, but also on the way the fish is caught and slaughtered. In order to maximise the preservation of the nutritional value of the catfish, we first stun it by plunging it into cold water. In this way the fish is not stressed and the fish fillet is of the highest quality. It is a simple, but effective technology, says Mr Krutlis. The fish do not contain any artificial colors or flavour enhancers such as monosodium glutamate or smoke taste concentrates. According to Mr Krutulis, the same taste can be obtained using purely natural materials.