IN BRIEF - This startup created compostable plastic wrap that’s made from shellfish shells
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Wrapping food in plastic does serve a purpose. A plastic-wrapped cucumber at a supermarket may seem egregious, but the vegetable lasts longer and is less likely to end up as food waste; throwing out food can have an even bigger impact on the environment than the plastic itself. But the system’s reliance on plastic in its current form can’t last. In a year, the world uses more than 160 million tons of plastic food packaging made from fossil fuels, little of which is recycled.
In a lab at a Scottish startup, researchers are turning waste from the seafood industry into a new kind of plastic wrap that can safely go in your compost bin. “We’re in the process of developing fully compostable, antimicrobial food packaging which looks and feels to the consumer like the petroleum plastic version—but the difference is that it will not add to the millions of tons of waste that comes from packaging that has ended up in the oceans,” says Cait Murray-Green, CEO of the startup, called CuanTec (“cuan” is the Gaelic word for sea). “The challenge is to create something that does the same job, but through a sustainable source,” she says.
The board of Icelandic fishing and processing company Brim has announced investment worth €85 million in Greenlandic company Arctic Prime Fisheries.
The majority of shareholders in Arctic Prime Fisheries are Greenlandic, but Útgerðarfélag Reykjavíkur, the ownership of which is linked to Brim’s ownership, has been a shareholder since 2013 and has a 16.5% stake, while Brim will hold a further 16.5% of the shares as it becomes a shareholder.
As part of the arrangement, Arctic Prime Fisheries will purchase freezer trawler Ilivileq, which was delivered earlier this year by the Astilleros Armón yard at Gijon in Spain.
Author: Quebtin bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
World Maritime Week, one of the most important maritime encounters in Europe, will be held at the Bilbao Exhibition Center from March 23 to 25, 2021. The biennial event of the blue economy reinforces its international character and with the celebration of different congresses of always simultaneously with the sea as a common denominator, explains the organization.
The novelty of this edition highlights the incorporation into the Oil & Gas Conference program, which has moved the dates in its third edition to coincide with WMW and address everything related to oil and gas in its upstream and downstream aspects.
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Hygiene is an increasingly important factor in the seafood processing sector, according to Ulf Groenqvist, the owner and CEO of Färjestaden, Sweden-based seafood processing equipment-maker SEAC AB, which specializes in machines processing small fish. Its machines are capable of processing 70 to 100 fish per kilogram at a speed of more than 300 fish per minute.
In response to rising demand, especially from Asia, SEAC AB has redeveloped and redesigned its existing filleting machines to clean worms and parasites inside the belly cavities of fish. After two years of tests in China, Russia, and Sweden, the firm is now selling a new belly-cleaning line of filleting machines, given the name BC Lines by the company. The devices in the line can be integrated into two of the company’s filleting machines – the SEAC FPM-400 for smaller fish and SEAC FPM-470 for bigger fish.
Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Grimsby-based salmon processor taps into recipe box market.
In a press release, JCS Fish writes that it has expanded its BigFish smoked portfolio with two fresh hot smoked fillets, Hot Smoked Salmon and Hot Smoked Trout, available initially in a tie up with one of the UK recipe box specialists, Mindful Chef.
These are the first hot-smoked products from JCS Fish’s new smokehouse which has traditional style kilns.
JCS Fish commercial manager Jack Coulbeck said, “We are delighted with these products, which have already received some excellent feedback from Mindful Chef consumers.
Source: SalmonBusiness | Read the full articlehere
Chamberlain’s career in aquaculture started in 1990 when he joined Ralston Purina Company – directing their aquaculture feed programme in the Americas, Europe and Asia. After eight years, he moved to Monsanto, directing a programme on genetically selected marine shrimp, soy-based feed, and sustainable pond systems for marine shrimp.
The Scottish Salmon Company, acquired by Bakkafrost last year, saw growth increase eight per cent to 7,900 tonnes in the second quarter of this year compared to Q1.
But production was down 19 per cent on the same period last year, when it produced 9,739 tonnes, Bakkafrost revealed in a trading update.
The Faroese company, which bought the Scottish Salmon Company last September, recorded a growth of three per cent year on year to 12,900 tonnes, from its northern operations in the Faroes.
Source: fishfarmingexpert | Read the full articlehere
Mercator Media Ltd has confirmed that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 13th edition of theIcelandic Fisheries Exhibition(Icefish) will now be held 15-17 September 2021.
Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling, Events Director of Mercator Media Ltd, explained the decision, “Given the global restrictions on travel and the effects that social distancing requirements will have on the operation of the exhibition, the team at Mercator Media has been examining alternatives and seeking the opinion of exhibitors. There is also the added uncertainty surrounding further possible government actions and restrictions, both in Iceland and abroad. We would all prefer that this was not the case, but in the circumstances, we believe rescheduling to 2021 is now the best option for exhibitors and visitors.”
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed two projects of more than US$12 million to reverse the overexploitation of select commercial fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
The Fisheries and Ecosystem Based Management for the Mediterranean Sea project (FishEBM-MED) and the Fisheries and Ecosystem Based Management for the Black Sea project (FishEBM-BS) will begin in 2021 for a duration of four year. Executed by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), they will support Georgia, Turkey, and Ukraine in the Black Sea and Albania, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey in the Mediterranean in developing ‘blue economy’ pathways.
The Valencian chain Mercadona has announced that during 2020 it will disburse € 166 million in the Community of Madrid, the largest investment effort of those reported by the company to date for this year.
This investment is destined to the opening of seven new supermarkets; to the reform of another 27 to adapt them to its new efficient store model, closing 2020 with a total of 136 transformed to the aforementioned model; to the implantation of the universe of prepared meals 'Ready to Eat' in 45 points of sale; to continue promoting the 'Frescos Global' project, which incorporates "important improvements" in the fresco sections, achieving greater adaptation to the local assortment; and. finally, to the expansion of its logistics capacity, together with the start-up of the 'hive', in Getafe, a warehouse dedicated exclusively to online commerce and which has involved an investment of 12M.