On the occasion of the visit to Brazil by 45 members of Profilgruppa, Innovation Norway arranged a seminar on seafood and aquaculture on Tuesday, 03 November at the Seamen’s Church.
The program included an introduction to Brazil by Consul General Sissel Hodne Steen and Innovation Norway director in Brazil Helle Moen, followed by presentations by the Norwegian Seafood Council, Finep, EMBRAPA, BNDES, Brødrene Sperre and DNB.
Brazil is a promising market for aquaculture and fishing. The seafood & aquaculture sector has recently been included in the strategy of Innovation Norway’s office in Brazil, and the level of activities in this sector is going to increase in the near future. Traditionally Brazil has been one of the largest producers of poultry, beef and pork. The local fishing activities have not been particularly increasing, so the increase in offer will need to come from imports or aquaculture activities.
The country has very positive conditions to develop the aquaculture activities: tropical climate, large supply of fresh water, long coast line large domestic market, developed agriculture and million hectares of reservoirs that can be used in aquaculture. Also, there are sector associations and also consultancy companies publishing market data.
Tilapia aquaculture is the most consolidated fish farming type in Brazil. Following the same trend of the general aquaculture industry, it has increased along the last 10 years, reaching a 250,000-ton production in 2013.
Press Trip to AquaNor 2015
This year, Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Seafood Council joined efforts in a press trip with journalists from Brazil. The program combined the seafood & aquaculture and travel & tourism sectors, and part of the outcome is displayed in the photos below: