Seafood Expo Global blog: Day 2
10 a.m.: Iceland is among the top 20 largest fishing nations in the world, and with only about 320,000 people living on the island, it’s no surprise that the majority of the fish caught there is exported.
So far, cod, haddock, saithe and most recently golden redfish have received the certification — chosen due to their economic significance. Mackerel would be the next most economically important species to be certified but with the struggles between the multiple countries that take part in the fishery, it hasn’t happened yet. “It’s impossible to get that species certified unless we have an agreement,” said Finnur Garoarsson, IRF project manager. “So we have to wait. I think we will reach an agreement soon. At least history says we will reach an agreement in the end.”
Herring may be the next species to bear the IRF certification.
10 a.m.: SeaFood Business Senior Editor James Wright talked to Ove Johansen, market analyst for the Norwegian Seafood Council, about cod supplies and the recently concluded
10:30 a.m.: A couple of years ago, the government of Oman made a huge commitment to the country’s fisheries sector, with a large focus on the potential aquaculture market. The region has 3,165 km of
“The government is very, very eager to increase aquaculture production, they are investing millions in this — about EUR 950 million (USD 1.3 billion).” he said.
Ramesh said while development is still in preliminary stages, a lot of investors from outside Oman are interested, including investors from Europe and the Far East. According to Ramesh, while not sure of the timeline, Oman Fisheries is working with the ministry and will have one area dedicated to aquaculture.
12 p.m.: “I’m not sure how reliable” a recent study bemoaning the decline of young lobsters in Maine is, Michael Tourkistas,
However, Tourkistas said he is always concerned
“This year will be very interesting because the temperature of the water is much cooler so what the impact will be is unknown, although through the winter we had very stable catches although the weather was colder.”
2 p.m.: Rupert Howes, CEO of the MSC, told attendees of its annual update that the future of the seas is garnering attention at the highest levels.
“It’s so clear that the oceans and seafood sustainability is going