EU aquaculture production has stagnated over the last decade. Today, it produces a modest 1.3 million metric tons (MT) of products with a value of EUR 3.1 billion (USD 4 billion). The sector’s underperformance is further illustrated by the widening gap between production and consumption: 10 percent of seafood consumption comes from EU aquaculture, 25 percent from EU fisheries and the remaining 65 percent from non-EU imports.
In the European… Read More
La producción acuícola de la UE se ha estancado en la última década. Hoy en día, se produce la modesta cantidad de 1,3 millones de toneladas de productos por un valor de 3.100 millones de Euros (4.000 millones de dólares).
El bajo crecimiento del sector se observa en la creciente brecha entre la producción y el consumo: solo un 10% del consumo de productos del mar procede de la acuicultura europea, el 25% de la pesca de la UE y el restante… Read More
When news broke in January that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland had found traces of horse DNA in batches of beef burgers being sold in Ireland and the United Kingdom, it was thought to be no more than an embarrassing but isolated mistake in a single supply chain. Nobody saw the pan-European scandal that would quickly ensue, dragging in dozens of retailers, manufacturers, foodservice and fast-food restaurant operators.
In line with the… Read More
In theory, having a large catch quota is a nice situation to be in; not least it endorses the good management practices that are probably in place. But as Norway is finding out through its record cod allocation this year, it’s not as simple as just selling more fish.
There was much fanfare when this year’s total allowable catch (TAC) for cod in the Barents Sea was set at 1 million metric tons (MT) by the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries… Read More
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) on 16 May published a set of revised ratings for Northeast Atlantic (NEA) mackerel that the NGO believes better reflects the damaging effect the catch share stand-off is having on the stock.
With the Faroe Islands and Iceland continuing to set mackerel quotas outside of international agreements and scientific advice, the MCS has elected to separate out the fisheries to encourage consumers to source the most… Read More
Fish aggregating devices (FADs) have been used by commercial fishermen for centuries. However, the widespread use of these floating devices to attract tuna, particularly by purse seiners, is causing considerable unease among environmental groups who are growing increasingly uncomfortable with the proportion of non-target species, such as sharks, that are also being caught.
The situation has led to calls for the introduction of FAD bans in many… Read More
There are mounting concerns that the Mediterranean sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and sea bream (Sparus aurata) farming industries could soon implode amid reports of very cheap fish being put on the market.
A number of northern European wholesalers have confirmed that at the end of 2012 and the start of this year there have been unusually large volumes of both species, but mainly bass, appearing on many major markets. As a result, supply and… Read More
The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) has released a draft voluntary code of conduct to make seafood labeling consistent and easy for U.K. consumers to understand with accurate information on sustainability and responsible sourcing.
The “SSC Code of Conduct on Environmental Labeling and Self-Declared Environmental claims of Fish and Seafood” has been agreed on by the 27 SSC members, including Tesco, Waitrose, Morrissons, Marks &… Read More
This month, a group of U.K. crab fishermen took part in an exchange visit to Steigen, Norway, to find out how cod fishermen there have built a sustainable fishery and to ascertain if any of the measures introduced would translate to their own sector.
The crabbers, who were all from the southwest county of Devon, were shown how Steigen’s fishermen have been working with scientists to manage their stocks for the long term. As well as learning how… Read More
The continued recovery of whitefish stocks in U.K. waters is certainly reason for celebration. And yet from a commercial perspective, the revival has come at a time when many important European export markets remain economically weak and fishing powerhouses like Norway and Iceland are landing and exporting considerably larger volumes. These elements have combined to send prices into freefall.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF)… Read More