Another successful visit

In the beginning of October 2012 the 10 finalists in the Seafish-organized National Fish & Chip Awards 2013 were invited on a trip to Aalesund, Norway, to look at the frozen-at-sea whitefish catch operation and industry. This is where a lot of their cod and haddock is actually coming from.

Another successful visit

The Norwegian whitefish catching sector, of which Ålesund is regarded as the capital, does most of its fishing in the Barents Sea. The stocks are healthy and the cod quota shared by Norway and Russia in these waters will be 1,000,000 metric tons next year (an increase of more than 25 percent from this year).

The Award finalists were told there’s a huge abundance of North Atlantic cod.

By filleting and freezing at sea, the fleet can deliver the high quality that the UK market demands. The products are usually processed and frozen within four hours of capture. 

The finalists were taken on a fjord trip on board the factory vessel Granit from Vartdal to Ellingsøy. On board they were informed on the catch operation and production of sea frozen fillets, before the visit at Brødrene Sperre, a modern fish industry plant at Ellingsøy. In the evening dinner was served in  Ålesund, based on seafrozen fillets.

Before going back to UK the Award finalists also were informed by a scientist from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research on the healthy stocks in the Barents Sea and on the sustainable management of the stocks.