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Fish industry tackles image, technology, demand. The 10th anniversary of the North Atlantic Sea Food Conference was marked by focusing on seafood safety and sustainable resource management. Issues covered were close to the consumers’ hearts. The conference was attended by the whole gamut of seafood industry representatives, from fishing companies to retailers. “This is the first time in 10 years of its existence that the North Atlantic Seafood Conference was held in Bergen, a coastal city. With fishing business at its core, the conference in Bergen increased participant numbers by 20% this year,” said Jørgen J. Lund, founder and organizer of the event, Thursday.

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Fish industry tackles image, technology, demand

Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 10:58 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.

The 10th anniversary of the North Atlantic Sea Food Conference was marked by focusing on seafood safety and sustainable resource management.

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Issues covered were close to the consumers’ hearts. The conference was attended by the whole gamut of seafood industry representatives, from fishing companies to retailers.

“This is the first time in 10 years of its existence that the North Atlantic Seafood Conference was held in Bergen, a coastal city. With fishing business at its core, the conference in Bergen increased participant numbers by 20% this year,” said Jørgen J. Lund, founder and organizer of the event, Thursday.

The fishing sector’s development is gradual, meaning it takes time to employ new technology available. At the same time, it has helped the industry tremendously.

Global Head for Seafood Industry at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Torben Foss, gave two instances.

Norway had 125,000 fishermen in 1948; today the country has 10,000, with the quantity of fishing having remained the same at 2.5 million tons.

Moreover, Norway faced a salmon drought in 1970, but new technology in salmon fish farming has resulted in over 1.2 million tons now.

Other key concerns for the industry to address were also covered at the conference, including the sustainability of the resources for the industry to improve its public image.

PWC’s Torben Foss confirmed that, “the industry has been constantly criticized for overfishing. Even the aquaculture, especially for salmon is said to have been carried out, in a very unsustainable manner.”

He further says that there is a continuous increase in the demand of Norwegian salmon, however. This is especially in countries with economic concerns such as Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain. 

Satisfying this need has been possible because businesses have taken to technology such as aquaculture in increasingly and effective ways, thereby finding it easier to price salmon more reasonably.

More than 500 people from 44 countries attended the conference.




Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 10:58 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.

This post has the following tags: norwayfishing, norwegiansalmon.





  
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