Tag Archives: SEA


Coastal development and sustainable maritime tourism are the focus themes of this year’s edition of European Maritime Day. For two days in Valletta, Malta, experts from all maritime sectors and from all over Europe will discuss how to drive the tourism industry forward and maintain its position not only as a sector for sustainable growth, but also as a crucial driver for the wider economy and a key contributor to the EU’s Blue Growth agenda.

Every year on May 20 ‘maritime Europe’ is celebrated within the European Union to showcase the importance of the seas and oceans for our everyday life. The European Maritime Day conference is now the place where stakeholders from all maritime sectors meet and discuss opportunities and challenges for the maritime regions and sectors across Europe. The theme for this year’s conference is “Coastal development and sustainable maritime tourism: an investment for blue growth”.


Tourism is the largest sector of the maritime industry, providing employment for 2.35 million people and producing over €100bn value added to the EU economy every year. Crucially, the sector has remained remarkably resilient over the last few difficult years and continues to offer employment opportunities in coastal regions which are often isolated and which may not have extensive economic activities elsewhere. But seasonality and a lack of new, innovative concepts keep it from delivering its full potential in terms of growth and jobs.

The 6th edition of European Maritime Day will explore the road towards innovative and sustainable forms of tourism. Discussions will feed into a Communication by the European Commission on Coastal and Maritime Tourism scheduled for later this year. Issues specific to islands, such as connectivity and mobility, will also be at the heart of the Conference, while specific working groups will be devoted to the future of the cruise sector, marine and coastal management and the economic development of the Mediterranean Sea basin.

Dr Edward Zammit-Lewis, the Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth will kick off these celebrations on Sunday 19 May, with several public events in and around Valletta showcasing the diversity of the sea: maritime research, threats to the marine environment, fishing, shipping, ports, marine national parks, energy and so on. Most of the events happening on the 19th and 20th May are free of charge.

On May 21, the conference will be opened by high-level keynote speakers including Ms Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, Maltese Minister for Tourism, Dr Chris Cardona, Malta’s Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, and Ms Catharina Elmsäter–Svärd, Swedish Minister of Infrastructure. The other plenary sessions will be chaired by politicians, experts and CEOs and will discuss current challenges and opportunities for the maritime economy and for Blue Growth. The day will end with a concert by internationally renowned tenor Joseph Calleja.

May 22 is Stakeholders’ Day: 19 different workshops on as many with topics, for all conference participants to pick and choose. A wide range of policy initiatives related to seas and oceans will be discussed. Exhibition booths will also be set up at the venue and exhibitors will showcase the seas and oceans and the possibilities they offer. More events are being held all over Europe.

European Maritime Day is a unique opportunity to gather the whole maritime community in one place, take stock of progress and focus minds on ideas and priorities ahead.


The 6th edition of the European Maritime Day Conference will be held in Valletta (Malta) on 21 and 22 May 2013. It is organised by the European Commission (Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) in partnership with the Maltese Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, and the Maltese Ministry for Tourism.

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Mr Karmenu Vella, Maltese Minister for Tourism and Dr Chris Cardona, Maltese Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Business will join other European ministers and personalities at the Conference.

European Maritime Day was created by a tripartite declaration by the Presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on 20 May 2008. It is celebrated every year on and around 20 May and aims to raise the visibility of Maritime Europe. The previous editions of European Maritime Day were held in Brussels (2008), Rome (2009), Gijon (2010), Gdansk (2011) and Gothenburg (2012) respectively.


Brussels, Belgium – The 21st edition of the European Seafood Exposition and the 15th edition of Seafood Processing Europe will open their doors 23 – 25 April 2013 at the BRUSSELS EXPO in Brussels, Belgium.  Together these events are the world’s largest seafood trade fair attracting over 25,000 top buyers and sellers for three days of sourcing products and networking with industry professionals.

seafood-expo-2012-2The European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe events offer the opportunity to connect with an international customer base— all in one location.  Exhibitors represent over 70 countries and buyers from all major purchasing categories: importer/exporter; broker/trader; processor; fishing company & aquaculture; services; distribution/wholesale; retail; and foodservice and catering, attend from over 140 countries.

High volume buyers come from all around the world to source new products and find the newest ideas and technologies emerging into the market.  Companies represented at the event include Accor, Ahold, Aldi Zaandam B.V., ASDA, Auchan, Carrefour, Casino Global Sourcing, Costco Wholesale Corporation, Delhaize Group, Esselunga S.p.A, Grupo Eroski, LSG Sky Chefs, Makro/Makro Cash & Carry, Marks & Spencer, Metro/Metro Cash & Carry, Sainsbury’s, Sodexo, TESCO, and many more.

Top 10 products visitors look for at the European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe are frozen seafood, fresh seafood, aquaculture/farm-raised seafood, primary processing equipment, value-added seafood, transportation/logistics/cold storage, services, packaging materials & equipment, canned seafood and live seafood.

“The [European Seafood Exposition] puts all the products and the suppliers that we want to deal with in one place…The range of seafood available, quality and diversity of exhibitors and overall layout were excellent,” said past attendee John Gay, Senior Manager Agency Lines, Tassal Group Ltd.

Every year buying decisions are made during and immediately following the three-day event.  In 2012, 83 percent of visitors were involved in purchasing decisions and 71 percent planned on purchasing products or services as a result of attending the event.*

At the 2012 event, 93 percent of attendees surveyed expressed their intention of returning to the 2013 Exposition.

Visit www.euroseafood.com and for more information on the 2013 European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe.


Brussels – The 21st edition of the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) and 15th edition of Seafood Processing Europe (SPE) will be held at the BRUSSELS EXPO in Brussels from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 April 2013. This global annual event attracts over 25,000 seafood buyers and sellers from around the world and hosts the prestigious Seafood Prix d’Elite New Products Competition.


What is Seafood ?

The European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe is the world’s largest seafood trade fair and features companies who are seeking access to the strong European seafood consuming market. The exposition features more than 1,600 exhibiting suppliers from over 70 countries with a wide variety of offerings: fresh and frozen fish and seafood; processed and packaged fish and seafood; processing and packaging equipment; freight forwarders and logistics services; and seafood-industry services.

“Every year, the exposition is highly anticipated by suppliers and buyers who are counting on this three-day event to conduct business, network and develop relationships with key players in the industry, source fish and seafood products from around the world, and have the opportunity to share industry ideas with the international seafood community,” said Liz Plizga, Show Director for Diversified Business Communications.

Figures based on a 2012 visitor survey show that 83% of the visitors have purchasing authority, 71% of the visitors intend to purchase as a result of attending the exposition and 82% of those surveyed found new companies or products.

Seafood Prix d’Elite

Now in its thirteenth year, the Seafood Prix d’Elite New Products Competition recognizes the best new seafood products of the year developed for the European market. Each year, awards are presented for Best Retail Product and Best Foodservice Product. Special awards are also given at the judges’ discretion in the categories of Convenience, Nutrition and Health, Retail Packaging, Originality, and Best Seafood Product Line.


Recently, forty-two finalists representing 10 countries have been selected and winners will be revealed at this year’s awards ceremony on 23 April in Auditorium 2000 at the BRUSSELS EXPO. All exhibitors and visitors are invited to attend. The winners’ products will also be on display at the exhibition.

For additional information on the 2013 European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe, please visit www.euroseafood.com.