A Frescamar representative presented a paper on croaker to delegates at a FROM event in Alimentaria 2010. (Photo: Alimentaria 2010)
3,000-tonne croaker output planned
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
In 2010, the Frescamar Food company hopes to produce 3,000 tonnes of croaker, a volume similar to that anticipated for 2011.
According to Juan Manuel Fernandez Aldana, the company’s expert in pisciculture production, “although the fish has been well known on the Andalusian coast for years and often used in the hotel trade, it still remains a stranger to the majority of the public throughout the rest of Spain.”
Over the last three years, the croaker has reflected a positive trend, in going from 640 tonnes in 2008 to 1,500 tonnes in 2009.
The expert presented the paper ‘
The Croaker: a fish from our coasts’ to a group of attendees during a full-day event organised by the Regulation and Organisation Fund of the Fishing and Marine Farming Products Market (FROM) in the event Alimentaria 2010.
The characteristics of the fish's production, traceability, freshness, nutritional information and presentation varieties were some of the points Fernandez Aldana discussed.
He further explained that the croaker is ranked fourth in marine fish production alternatives in Spain, those located above 40,000 annual tonnes.
In terms of commercialisation, the expert from Frescamar emphasised that the croaker is commercialised more frequently than seabream and sea bass, the main species of the marine sector in Spain, with a weight that oscillates between 1 and 2 kilos.
In addition, it is sold in a “category similar to fresh hake and cod,” and at a retail price of between EUR 8 and EUR 9 per kilogramme, MisPeces reports.
Some of the advantages of the croaker include the “firmness of its meat,” white colour, and nearly bone-free state, which allows for “easy handling and elaboration,” Fernandez Aldana added.
By Analia Murias