PrimeFish project delivers its first results
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PrimeFish project delivers its first results

From 4-6 April the European project PrimeFish, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, presented its first results on the consumption of seafood in Europe.

Scientists from 11 different countries (Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, UK and Vietnam) discussed their latest work on data management, economic performance of fisheries and aquaculture, value chain analysis, market trends, prediction models, support to decision making, shared value with stakeholders and management of the project.

The 16 research centres, universities and SMEs working together in PrimeFish hold an annual meeting to help the researchers to co-ordinate their work and foresee the next steps to take.

On 6 April PrimeFish researchers introduced the first results of the project in front of 60 attendants. Among them were representatives of the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), Aurora de Blas (Spanish General Secretary of Fisheries), and Grimur Valdimarsson (senior advisor from the Ministry of Industries and Innovation of Iceland). Other representatives from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, Greece and UK also participated in the meeting.

PrimeFish is developing a web-based tool to strengthen the competitiveness of European fisheries and aquaculture through several ways, including; analysing innovation in the seafood market, investigating the consumption, and the barriers and drivers that lead consumers to the fish counters.

Guðmundur Stefánsson, project co-ordinator, said: “The focus is on the commercial aspect of the project together with the possible improvements and the general good for society.”

PrimeFish’s endeavours regarding the drivers and barriers for seafood consumption and the analysis of the French consumption will be presented at the XXIII Conference of the European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE), which will be held at Dublin Castle, Ireland, from 25-27 April.