BRITONS CONSUMED 8,000 TONNES OF FESTIVE SEAFOOD
THE UK went seafood crazy over Christmas and New Year, according to new figures from Seafish, with sales of luxury items such as prawns and lobster showing significant increases. Lobster sales were up by 4.7 per cent, prawns up by 10.2 per cent and caviar by more than 24 per cent. Seafish said around 8,000 tonnes of seafood worth £98 million was purchased in the week leading up to Christmas day. Volumes rose by 25.4 per cent and value by 24.5 per cent. Sales of whitefish such as cod and haddock also increased.
FISHERMEN GIVEN LOST GEAR APP
NORWEGIAN fishermen are now being offered an app which can help them report lost fishing gear from their phones while at sea. The device, which has been developed by the company Sintef, will help clean up the sea and keep it clear of nets and other gear. The project has been supported by the Fishery and Aquaculture Research Fund which believes the app will help to improve communications while vessels are at sea. Sintef is now working to produce an online solution to the lost gear problem.
TENDERS INVITED FOR NEW TRAWLER
THE board at the Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi is inviting tenders for the construction of a new freezer trawler. The trawler has been designed by Rolls Royce in Norway and will be 81m in length, with a 17m beam, and will be capable of holding 1,000 tonnes of frozen products on pallets. A decision about its construction is expected to be made early next month with the new vessel due to enter service at the end of 2019. HB Grandi, which is renewing its fleet, already has three freezer trawlers.
MAREL GOING HI-TECH AT BRUSSELS
THE seafood equipment company Marel has announced that it will be showing some of its latest innovations and solutions at this month’s Seafood Processing Global expo in Brussels (from April 25-27). The company said: ‘This year, Marel heads for the future yet again as we premier a new automatic deheader for salmon. We are excited to show this application with new unique cutting principles, fully integrated into our latest filleting line.’
For handling and processing high quality raw material, Marel said: ‘Processors should only accept the best quality processing technology, which is why high product quality and improved processing performance will be at the core of our demonstrations in Brussels this year.’