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(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.


Today, three decades since it was launched in 1984, the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition is a fixed item in the global calendar of fisheries events. Starting this year on 25 September in Kópavogur, Iceland, the three-day event has been sold out with over 500 exhibitors expected to participate. The last edition of the IceFish exhibition held in 2011 attracted 12,500 visitors from 50 countries and the organisers, Mercator Media, are confident that this figure will be exceeded this year. The exhibition is a showcase for every aspect of the industry from vessel design and construction, fish catching and locating, to processing and packaging. This year also sees the launch of the Iceland Fisheries Conference, an event organised with the Icelandic government, the research organisation MATIS, and the University of Iceland. The theme of this inaugural conference is Fish Waste for Profit: Maximising Return by Utilising the Entire Fish, and papers will discuss ways of extracting parts of the fish that would normally be discarded and adding value to them, as well as offer forecasts for the most profitable forms of fish utilisation in the future. As resources of fish and seafood are limited companies are more than ever interested in ways of monetising those parts of the fish which hitherto have been considered waste. Examples include the use of fish parts, such as heads, guts, and skin to produce biodiesel, or extracting ingredients from fish waste to be used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, or nutraceutical industries. More information about the conference is available at

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