The Interactive Fish Centre (CIP), an innovative project for discovering the world of fish and shellfish, was inaugurated in the Central Fish Market of Mercabarna on Monday 14 June.
About 200 professionals from the Spanish seafood sector attended the event, including the president of Mercabarna, Jordi William Carnes; the president of the Fish Wholesalers Union of Barcelona and Province, Leandre Serra; and the Secretary General of the Regulation and Organisation Fund of Fishing and Farmed Marine Products (FROM), Isabel Hernandez, among other officials.
|Officials in the Mercabarna Central Fish Market ahead of CIP's inauguration. (Photo: Mercabarna)
“This is a great future bet to get our youth to follow a healthy and balanced diet, of which fish must form a part,” said the councellor of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Joaquim Llena, upon inaugurating the event.
Meanwhile, Carnes emphasised that “the CIP is a good example of a formula that works, and more so at times of crisis: the union of public and private effort to launch good initiatives like this one.”
This Centre is the first museum space in Spain specialised in commercial fish with an educative and informative bent.
"It is an innovative, singular and rigorous project that shows the process followed by fish and shellfish, from when they are fished in the sea until they reach the tables of homes and restaurants. The process, however, pauses at each of the moments during which people have a hand in the preparation for the sale and commercialisation of the fish,” indicates an official CIP statement.
"Promoting the consumption of fish amongst Catalan families is at the heart of the project, through the education of boys and girls," the note adds.
Meanwhile, Serra affirmed that "the CIP is a tool to bring fish closer to children," and said that the schools of Catalonia will begin to visit it as of September.
| Officials looking over a fish stand in the Mercabarna Central Fish Market. (Photo: Mercabarna)
"Every year, more than 6,000 children will have the opportunity to discover the world of fish," through the Centre, he said.
The CIP is located in the Central Fish Market of Mercabarna, in a space of 220 square metres.
This Centre will serve as a model for
the future Interactive Fish Centres Network that will be created in Spain’s main cities, in its central markets, fostered by
the National Association of Fish Wholesalers in Mercas (ANMAPE).
Some EUR 600,000 was invested in this initiative, driven by the Fish Wholesalers Union of Barcelona and Province (GMP).
By Analia Murias