New project to help with cod, haddock assessment


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 10, 2012

Smaller businesses dealing with pressure from supermarket chains are about to get some help with environmental assessment for cod and haddock production in the European Union.

This week, Nofima (the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research) introduced a three-year, EUR 3 million project, dubbed WhiteFish, that will carry out environmental accounting for catch and production of cod and haddock. The assessment will show the negative impacts, particularly related to emissions and carbon footprint.

According to Nofima, the key to WhiteFish is to develop a simple tool for self-assessment of sustainability — to enable small and medium-sized companies to make these calculations for themselves. For these companies, increasing demand for environmental accounts by supermarket chains is a major challenge, as it is a time-consuming, laborious and costly process.

The project is supported by five industry organizations in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Between them, the countries represent more than 1,200 small and medium-sized enterprises in the cod and haddock industry. The project is financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Program.

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