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November 04, 2014

Focus on fish and seafood

From eel to pike-perch and from Brandenburg to New Zealand: more than 80 different species of fish, crab and mollusc on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds

Berlin, 4 November 2014 – At the International Green Week Berlin 2015 the Hamburg-based Fish Information Centre (FIZ) will be exhibiting more than 80 different species of fish, crab and mollusc. From 16 to 25 January in Hall 14.1 an ice-bed display measuring ten square metres will be whetting visitors’ appetites for fish and seafood from local rivers, lakes, the sea and faraway oceans.

Salmon more and more popular with consumers

For ten years the different kinds of fish preferred by German consumers always used to be the same: Alaska pollock, followed by herring, salmon and tuna fish. However, a new study by FIZ shows that this has changed: Alaska pollock stays in first place, but then there is a shift: salmon (17 per cent) has replaced herring (16 per cent) as the second most popular fish. What is more, trout, a freshwater fish, has left pangasius trailing in popularity, with consumers now less and less inclined to buy it. At five per cent, trout is the fifth most popular fish purchase. Tuna fish stays in fourth place.

Visitors will be able to admire them at the Green Week in Berlin, along with lesser-known fish such as coral hind, mahi-mahi and red scorpion fish, together with local and exotic species of crab and mollusc. Scientists from the Max Rubner Institute will be on hand to give expert answers to any questions on fish, crabs and molluscs.

Fish from Brandenburg

Fish from Brandenburg will be travelling the shortest distance to the Green Week. Members of the Berlin/Brandenburg Regional Fisheries Association and the Brandenburg Regional Anglers Association will be available to explain the species of fish in local rivers, ponds and lakes, how aquaculture works and how professional fishermen and hobby anglers can help to keep fish stocks at sustainable levels.

Many kinds of fish consumed in Germany, such as Alaska pollock, are caught in lakes and rivers and in the sea. In order to check whether a fish product is from sustainable fisheries FIZ uses the ’online fish stocks’ internet database. By visiting www.fischbestaende-online.de anyone can conduct their own research and discover why nobody need worry about consuming plaice and find out how fish purchases can be enjoyed and fish stocks can be sustained.

Steady growth in market share of fish from aquaculture

In addition to salmon, trout and carp there are numerous other species that are cultivated in aquaculture (aquafarming). Visitors can find out more on the stand of FIZ, and the internet platform www.aquakulturinfo.de also has extensive information. However, the stand of FIZ has more to offer visitors than satisfying their thirst for knowledge. While putting on fascinating cookery demonstrations the chef of FIZ will also have tips on how to fry dishes on baking paper without oil and will let his guests decide for themselves which of his fried appetisers taste the best.

Contact:

Fisch-Informationszentrum e. V.

Dr. Matthias Keller / Sandra Kess

telephone: +49 (0)40 389 25 97

Telephone during the fair: +49 (0)171 606 11 66

fax: +49 (0)40 389 85 54

info@fischinfo.de