Commercialising fisheries products

In France, fisheries and aquaculture products cover approximately one third of supply needs. Some 200,000 tonnes of products are sold at fish markets, from a total of around 650,000 tonnes of fisheries and aquaculture products (FranceAgriMer, 2017). Since the 2000s, fish market sales have dropped by a third in volume.

Source EUMOFA 2016: The EU Fish Market

 

The main suppliers are Norway (salmon), China, Vietnam, Iceland (cod) and Ecuador (shrimp).

Source EUMOFA 2016: The EU Fish Market

 

In France, fisheries and aquaculture products cover approximately one third of supply needs. Some 200,000 tonnes of products are sold at fish markets, from a total of around 650,000 tonnes of fisheries and aquaculture products (FranceAgriMer, 2017). Since the 2000s, fish market sales have dropped by a third in volume.

Source FranceAgriMer 2017: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry in France

 

There were 37 fish markets in France in 2015. These auction markets are where most fresh French fisheries products undergo their first sale. The fish markets generally take care of landing, sorting, selling and allocating the products. The products are sorted by species, size and quality.  Quality ratings are (in descending order): Live, Extra (E), A and B.

Remote sales have been used for several years in French fish markets so professionals can make purchases from several markets at the same time, using their computer, to optimise their purchases. In 2016, 1,596 buyers made transactions with French fish markets. Those buyers were primarily wholesale fish merchants, fishmongers, wholesalers, stockists and manufacturers.

Current topics in the news are:

·        The use of new information and communication technology (ICT) for unloading pre-announcements. The challenge for the new technology is to increase the visibility and predictability of fish market supplies so the downstream part of the sector can better sell the landed products.

·        Improved cooperation between ports and standardised fish market sorting.