Even though 2021 was full of challenges, the Latvian canned fish producer Karavela closed the year successfully - according to the company's representatives, according to preliminary figures, Karavela is already one of the largest exporters of canned fish in Europe.
In 2021, the company exported more than 73 million cans of fish to 45 countries around the world. The share of exports of the company's products last year was 94%. In 2020, the company's management decided to invest 16 million euros to strengthen the company's competitiveness and promote the development of future projects until 2023.
"In the last two years, we have invested heavily in research and development of new products, and in 2021 the amount investments reached almost one million euros," says Andris Bite, the long-term manager and co-owner of Karavela. "Last year, investments were made in the development of new products, resulting in the vegan canned fish products under the FISH PEAS brand."
The Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) is looking for a new Executive Secretary. It is a fulltime position.
The BSAC is one of 11 Advisory Councils established by the EU to increase stakeholder involvement in the development of a successful Common Fisheries Policy. The main aim of the BSAC is to prepare and provide advice on the management of Baltic Sea fisheries.(http://www.bsac.dk/BSAC/About-the-BSAC)
The job is based in Copenhagen at the BSAC HQ. The Executive Secretary is expected to be based in Denmark.
Alltech Coppens, a provider of efficient feed solutions for tropical and temperate fish species both marine and freshwater recently expanded its digestibility research facility. The facility is part of the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre where for more than two decades research on promoting fish health by identifying the precise nutritional requirements of fish has been carried out. This work has led to the formulation of high performance feeds and the development of feeding strategies contributing to the success of fish farmers. The efficiency of the feeds is not the only characteristic to be taken into account. The company also considers the sustainability of its products and by developing a sustainability score for its feeds has been able to categorise them based on their environmental impact. The score is based on a sustainability ranking for all the raw materials used in a particular feed from which a sustainability score for the feed can be calculated. The ranking was developed in collaboration with two Dutch universities, a consultant company, and the database of the Global Feed Life Cycle Assessment Institute. The score reflects the feed’s carbon footprint and its impact based on other environmental aspects, such as water use, eutrophication, and marine resource sustainability. Knowledge of the sustainability of the raw materials will allow the company to make more informed decisions when formulating a feed.
The Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (CACFish) is a regional fisheries management organization that promotes the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The commission currently has five members Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkey, four of which (Armenia was the exception) attended the seventh session of the commission from 11 to 13 October in Istanbul, Turkey, where the secretariat is based. In addition, invited representatives from seven other countries, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan also attended. Eurofish International Organisation and the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution participated as intergovernmental organisations with observer status.
After completing the meeting formalities, the secretary of CACFish, Haydar Fersoy, Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Europe, reported on the implementation of the regional work programme for 2016-20, which had disappointed in terms of delivery of activities leading to a weak overall impact of the programme. The main reasons were the disproportionate dependence on external financial resources and the insufficient allocation of funds from the CACFish autonomous budget. In the intersessional period 2021-23 several activities are planned including two regional workshops, one each on inland stock assessments, and on ecosystem-based planning and management of fishery and aquaculture resources, a study on fish genetic resources in Central Asia and the Caucasus and another on gender in the region’s fisheries. The commission members actively supported participation by non-members in the proposed activities to foster regional collaboration and increase visibility of the commission.
Pordenone in northern Italy will once again host AquaFarm, an international event for the aquaculture, algae-culture, shellfish farming, and sustainable fishing industries. The event will be held on 16 and 17 February 2022 at Pordenone Exhibition Centre and will represent the relaunch of the physical event; in 2021 only a virtual edition was possible. That year, despite the restrictions, AquaFarm launched AlgaeFarm dedicated to the production and processing of macro and microalgae. In 2022 AlgaeFarm will be allocated more space reflecting the growing importance of this sector. Algae have a variety of uses including as food, feed, fertiliser, and fuel. In addition, components found in algae are also sought after by the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical sectors. The trade show will be held in parallel with a conference where several of the issues affecting the aquaculture sector will be discussed. These include the role of politics, social sustainability, environmental impact of feeds, aquaculture 4.0 and the new technologies it features. Co-located with AquaFarm is the event NovelFarm which is a showcase for new growing systems, soilless and vertical farming. Research and development will also be a feature of AquaFarm 2022, where there will be a session at the conference on EMFF projects as well as a contest aimed at researchers and start-ups to find the most innovative and useful research for improving the productivity of aquaculture farms. For more information, visit www.aquafarmexpo.it
Despite living in a country surrounded by water, Danish children fail to eat the recommended weekly portion of fish, reports Denmark’s national broadcaster. And the reason is not that they dislike fish—on the contrary. The problem apparently lies with their parents who are uncertain how to prepare and serve fish, according to recent research by researchers at Copenhagen University and the Vocational College Absalon. Responses from 669 children between 11 and 13 revealed that only 42% had eaten fish within the last week and that 70% liked fish. The research was part of Rikke Højer’s PhD thesis at Copenhagen University. The solution may be for parents to familiarise themselves with a couple of simple preparations, fish fillets, for example, or fish cakes, she says. Michael Bom Frøst, from the Department of Food Science at Copenhagen University, who was also behind the study, says children feel more comfortable with foods if they are used to helping in the kitchen. An earlier study by the Arla foundation reported that only a quarter of Danish children regularly participated in cooking-related activities. Mr Frøst says it is well documented that people tend to adhere more closely to official dietary guidelines and have a healthier food lifestyle if they are proficient in the kitchen. Fish is a good source of several vitamins and minerals as well as protein and healthful fats, so it is important for both children and adults to eat the recommended quantities.
The popularity of plant-based products continues to increase. A Bloomberg Intelligence report predicts that the market for these products will grow to USD162bn in 2030 from USD30bn in 2020. Sensing an opportunity, Karavela, a leading producer of canned fish products based in Riga, has developed a line of canned seafood products made from yellow peas, a healthful and sustainable raw material. The company spent a year researching the market and conducting trials. Around EUR2.5m was invested and more than 100 recipes were tested before the product was brought to market. The new brand, Fish Peas, will promote a range of salads, spreads, and flakes made from yellow peas which have a very small carbon footprint when considering the entire production and processing chain. In addition to being plant-based the new range will also be gluten-free and without GMOs. Andris Bite, the company CEO, says that Karavela aims to combine its knowledge of canned seafood with the results of its research into plant-based ingredients to become a trendsetter in the plant-based fish product market. The new range was launched at the Anuga food and beverages show in Germany in October this year.
EUMOFA has published a new case study: “Portion trout in the EU”, focusing on the price structure along the supply chain in Germany, Italy, and Poland. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is the main freshwater species farmed in the EU, both in terms of volume and value. Grown to a size of between 350 and 600 g, the fish is typically supplied to the market as whole fish or fillets. In 2019, EU 27 production of trout was 183,819 tonnes. The main EU Member States producing trout are France, Italy, and Denmark, accounting for 56% of EU production. World trout production has been increasing since 2015 (+21% in volume in the period 2015-2019) reaching 939,878 tonnes in 2019. The EU is the second-largest trout producer in the world, accounting for 20% of global production.
In 2020, the main EU sellers of portion trout were Denmark, Spain, and Poland, while the main EU destinations for this product were Germany, Poland, and France. The apparent consumption of trout in the EU 27 was 208,657 tonnes in 2018. Over four fifths of supply was sourced from EU production and 17% from imports. In Germany, the ex-farm prices for portion trout ranged from 4,37 EUR/kg to 7,79 EUR/kg (2019) with a final price of 10,41 EUR/kg (observed in small-scale retail shops). In Italy, the average ex-farm price for fresh portion trout was 3,30 EUR/kg (2021) and the retail price considered in the analysis was 9,90 EUR/kg for large-scale retailers (from 7,90 to 9,90 EUR/kg at retail stage based on a store check). In Poland, the ex-farm price considered is 2,62 EUR/kg (2020) and the report provides two price transmission analyses: packed product in large-scale retailers (final price at 5,79 EUR/kg) and unpacked product in traditional shops (final price at 5,82 EUR/kg).
Read the full report in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, or Polish on the www.eumofa.eu website.
The Danish Fishermen PO and the Danish Pelagic PO are sponsoring a competition to develop the trawler of the future. The vessel must be powered with a carbon neutral source of energy and should be capable of fishing effectively while conforming to Danish capacity regulations. The design should offer a workable solution for the fishery and provide the basis for a prototype vessel. Participants in the contest must present a design or drawings in one of the following three categories:
- Trawler for the consumer fishery under 24 m
- Trawler for the consumer fishery over 24 m
- Trawler for the industrial fishery
The prize for the winning design is DKK 75,000.
The Marine Stewardship Council, an organisation that creates standards for sustainable fisheries, held its sustainable seafood week in Italy in the first week of November. The idea of the week is to promote awareness among consumers about the importance of eating fish from sustainably managed fisheries. The event, which is expected to be held annually, brought together retailers and companies in the fishing sector to educate consumers using traditional and digital media as well as promotional activities in supermarkets about the importance of buying fish that had been caught taking into account the impact on the environment and on fish stocks. Companies from each stage of the supply chain from producers to traders, processors, and retailers were involved in the event showing their support for sustainable fisheries. Their participation bodes well for the supply of sustainably sourced fish and seafood to the Italian market.