Over 500 aquatic species are farmed around the world, making aquaculture an extraordinarily diverse form of food production, responsible for a huge range of seafood products, many of which are traded internationally. In Western Europe some of the most widely farmed – and popular to consume – species include Atlantic salmon and mussels: species that can be grown in similarly temperate locations. (more…)
Sustainably farmed and wild-caught seafood can play an important role in the drive to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to ensure global peace and prosperity, while protecting the planet. Launched in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they were duly adopted by all UN Member States as a pledge to work together for a better world, with a target to achieve the goals by 2030. (more…)
The legacy of Covid and the ongoing Russian-Ukraine war have combined to create significant rises in the cost of living in most countries in the course of 2022. And the price of seafood, like that of most commodities, has surged. However, there are still options for sourcing sustainable seafood without breaking the bank.
In our newsletter on Sustainable Seafood Week, we highlighted our sustainable approach. Winning the Best Belgian Supplier category in our sector at the MSC Sustainable Seafood Awards underscores this once again. The awards were hosted in our country for the first time this year.The MSC awards are a boost for companies striving hard to improve their sustainability every day. Naturally, we at Pittman Seafoods are very happy to be recognized in this way. (more…)
It is now clear that we urgently need to take better care of our planet. Sustainable fishing and responsible fish farming are fundamental to our sector for that reason. From 26 September to 2 October, Think Fish Week provides an ideal opportunity to put sustainable fishing measures and their associated certifications in the spotlight. And because sustainability is very important to Pittman Seafoods, we are doing all we can to support this initiative.
Food is essential to human life. As such, it must be provided to consumers everywhere in sufficient quantities in sustainable, stable and resilient ways. And yet, according to the latest estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), contained in its report The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021, between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced hunger in 2020 – as many as 161 million more than in 2019, while nearly 2.37 billion people didn’t have access to adequate food that year – an increase of 320 million people in just one year.
One trillion dollars. That’s the estimated annual value of the food that’s wasted worldwide. In volume terms, this equates to a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes, or more than one-third of the total quantity produced. And it’s the industrialised nations that are most guilty of generating it.
Barcelona is the new Brussels – Seafood Expo Global moves to a new home (and Pittman Seafoods will be there in force)
Seafood provides a richly diverse food production sector in terms of its species and product offerings and is also one of the most widely traded foodstuffs. In addition, global demand is climbing to new levels with every passing year as more and more consumers come to appreciate the many benefits that it offers. (more…)
Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) has become a very hot topic in seafood circles in recent times. Essentially referring to the commercial farming of fish and other aquatic species in intensive, closed-containment production facilities, it’s actually a concept that’s been around for several years. What’s different today is that the RAS ventures being talked about and invested in are extremely sophisticated, high-tech food production systems. (more…)
Algae are simple plants that live in seas and freshwater bodies, and which range from microscopic, single-celled organisms to large seaweeds. As unthreatening as they might seem , if algae are allowed to grow out of control, their colonies can have toxic or harmful effects on very large populations of fish, shellfish, marine mammals and birds, and even people. (more…)