There is fifteen specialised institutes under the auspices of the Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, for scientific, long term contribuitions for the development of public policies. Participants from Peru and Brazil got acquainted in Rostock with the institute responsible for the Baltic Sea Fisheries https://www.thuenen.de/en/of/, and two member of the scientific staff, Dr Christian von Dorrien and Dr Kristina Barz.
Dr Christian von Dorrien welcomed the participants and explained the projects related to the Baltic Sea area in the fields of economy, ecology and technology and how the results thereof are essencial to advice policy makers. "We are on the coast of the world's largest brackish water sea, summing up to 413.000 km² and surrounded by nine countries. We focus on topics of the region, in which fish as food plays an important, iconic role. There is a permanent need for science based and for politicians, consumers and retailers understandable information." says von Dorrien. Additionally, he described the ecolabel and fishery certification program from the international non profit organisation, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) https://www.msc.org/pt , which is done by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices. The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) https://www.ourgssi.org/ was presented as well, meant for the labelling of seafood from marine species and aquaculture practices.
"For purchasing agents in the retail and processing sectors, data on marine fish stocks worldwide is essencial in order to disseminate basic information on sustainability issues" explained Dr Kristina Barz. She specifies "For German retail market our institute manages the one data source online, the so called "fish stocks online" www.fischbestende-online (in German). Additional information in English https://www.thuenen.de/en/of/projects/fisheries-management/fish-stocks-online-fischbestaende-online/.
News announcing the visit was published in the institute's website, please see translation into English below
Visit from Brazil and Peru
By combining local and global knowledge, answers to the challenges of sustainable fishing and processing should be found.
The project participants with delegates of the Thünen Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries in front of the institute building. (© ROSOMA)
The company ROSOMA from Rostock leads the project "Sustainable use of fish and seafood as well as efficient and safe processing for the food industry". The project leader Griebenow (ROSOMA), together with participants from Brazil and Peru, including representatives of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, visited the Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries to learn about aspects of sustainable fisheries.