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Automated and differentiated calculation of sustainability for cod and haddock products

Objective

The European whitefish catch and processing industry is dominated by SMEs, and it is currently facing several challenges. Worldwide many stocks have collapsed, and environmental organizations warn against consuming captured whitefish. Strict regulations with respect to documentation and traceability have been imposed on the European captured fish industry in the last few years, and fulfilling these generates significant additional cost. While some cod/haddock stocks, particularly in the north-east Atlantic, are still healthy and sustainable there is a problem for these species when they get to the market. This is due to competition from cheap farmed whitefish species, in particular pangasius and tilapia imported from Asia/Africa. The goal of the WHITEFISH project is to strengthen the competitiveness of the European cod/haddock industry by documenting the desirable characteristics of whitefish caught in the north-east Atlantic, in particular relating to sustainability (stock, environmental, economic and social). The specific objective of the project is to develop and validate an objective and transparent method to document the sustainability impact of captured fish products. The method will be based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), and it will calculate sustainability impact on production batch level as opposed to generic product type level which is current practice. This will enable differentiated calculation of environmental impact, so that products that look identical may be shown to have different properties, for instance related to food miles or CO2 emissions. The method will utilize existing recordings in the company traceability systems, so that food businesses may perform their own calculations of sustainability without needing to involve external experts. The method will be developed, piloted and tested in this project, SMEs and SME Associations will be trained in the use of it, and it will be published and distributed as a European ‘good practice’ standard.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

NOFIMA AS
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 242 410
Administrative Contact
Petter Olsen (Mr.)

Participants (12)

MATIS OHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sveinn Margeirsson (Dr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerda Bakker
SIK - INSTITUTET FOER LIVSMEDEL OCH BIOTEKNIK AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Box 5401
402 29 Goeteborg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Friederike Ziegler (Dr.)
SAMTOK FYRIRTAEKJA I SJAVARUTVEGI
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 383 360
Address
Borgartuni 35
105 Reykjavik
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kristjan Thorarinsson (Dr.)
SAMTOK FISKVINNSLUSTODVA
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 249 740
Address
Borgartuni 35
105 Reykjavik
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Guðbergur Rúnarsson (Mr.)
NORGES RAFISKLAG SELSKAP MED BEGRENSET ANSVAR
Norway
EU contribution
€ 279 740
Address
Stortorget 2
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tor-Edgar Ripman (Mr.)
KRAV EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 357 110
Address
Kungsangsgatan 12
751 40 Uppsala
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lars Hällbom (Mr.)
GRIMSBY FISH MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 249 740
Address
Wharncliffe Road Fish Docks Grimsby Fish Market
DN31 3QJ Grimsby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Norton (Mr.)
SAEMARK-SJAVARAFURDIR EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 37 500
Address
Sidumula 20
108 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Svavar Guðmundsson (Mr.)
HERMES AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 37 500
Address
Sondre Botten
9584 Sor-tverrfjord
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Roger Lerbukt (Mr.)
FELDT'S FISK OCH SKALDJUR AKTIEBOLAG
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 37 500
Address
Roparebacken
45631 Kungshamn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lija Henriksson (Ms.)
ATLANTIC FRESH LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 37 500
Address
Prince Albert Gardens 1
DN31 3AG Grimsby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
örn Jónsson (Mr.)