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Mai Mortensen

New white paper: Seafood – Denmark is a leading hub for sustainable production and innovation within fisheries and aquaculture

The global food supply is facing vast challenges: uneven food distribution, overnutrition, undernutrition and the global impact of climate change. With a growing population and a rising food demand, how will we ensure a sustainable supply of safe, high quality food to consumers? What role will the seafood sector play?

On April 25th, the new white paper Seafood – Denmark is a Leading Hub for Sustainable Production and Innovation within Fisheries and Aquaculture was launched at the Seafood Expo Global & Seafood Processing Global 2023 tradefair. Lau Kjeld Andersen, Honorary Consul General of Denmark in Spain, and representatives from the Danish seafood sector presented this important stronghold on seafood in Barcelona, Spain.

The white paper dives into the sustainable solutions and innovative technologies within fisheries, aquaculture, and processing. Resource efficiency, waste products, food safety and quality are some of the leading topics in the new white paper from Food Nation, providing examples of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation throughout the entire value chain.

Denmark’s tradition for collaboration is a key to success

Surrounded by ocean, the Kingdom of Denmark has an age-old tradition for being a nation of fishers. From small beginnings, the Danish fisheries sector has grown into a thriving hub for wild catch fishing, aquaculture, and processing – not to mention the seafood trade in partnership with Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Close collaboration and knowledge-sharing throughout the entire value chain and across borders has been a key to success.

With the global population increasing rapidly, production levels in the next 40 years must be higher than they have been in the last 8.000 years. As a result, the demand for protein is growing. Seafood is a great source of protein, produced with low climate impact and provides plentiful of nutrients.  Therefore, fisheries and aquaculture can make a significant contribution to a sustainable food supply chain for the global demand.

The UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a guiding light for Danish food production in establishing best practices and identifying innovation targets in collaboration with academia, authorities, and private stakeholders.

The global feed and food supply call for innovative solutions

The need to protect the environment – both at sea and on land – is a major driver of innovation.  As a result, our wild caught fisheries have reduced their carbon footprint by more than 60% since 1990 and are now heading towards the goal of full carbon neutrality by 2050.

“Denmark’s seafood industry has a global reputation for driving fish and shellfish production in a sustainable direction. From offshore fisheries to land-based aquaculture and the seafood processing industry, Danish technology and knowhow continue to lower CO2 emissions and increase efficiency, with no compromises in food quality and safety,” says Jacob Jensen, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Danish fisheries have reduced their carbon footprint by more than 60% since 1990

A long track record for innovative and sustainable solutions

The white paper provides an overview of the Danish fisheries, aquaculture and processing sector and the solutions that will play an important role in securing a reliable and sustainable food supply for the future. As a business partner with the Danish seafood industry, you will be part of the continuous work to find better solutions, and thereby contributing to achieve the shared sustainability goals.

Download the new white paper here