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Commercial Fishing & Seafood Industry Contacts - Greenland

 
 


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Commercial Fishing, Seafood, Aquaculture, Marine & Oceans in Greenland

Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile for Greenland - aquatic species caught by country or area, by species items, by FAO major fishing areas, and year, for all commercial, industrial, recreational and subsistence purposes. The harvest from mariculture, aquaculture and other kinds of fish farming is also included

Commercial Fishing Industry in Greenland

The fishing industry in Greenland is very important to the national economy of Greenland and local food supply. It is the source of many people's livelihoods all across the country, employing some 6,500 out of a national population of 56,452 people (2010).

Fishing exports from Greenland in the past 20 years are accounted at about 90% of the country's total exports with international firms finding it a profitable business. Exports are mostly to USA, Japan, Norway, Thailand, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland and Denmark. The contribution of fishing industries to the economy of Greenland as a whole is estimated to be more than 50%; contribution to gross national income of the country is reported to be as high as 20%.

The fish that dominate the Greenlandic fishing industry are mainly shrimps, cod, halibut and salmons. They are caught and processed in Greenland and then are sold, often exported in frozen cans. The center of the fishing industry lies in the south of the country, the main hub is in Disko Bay in the southwest. source: Wikipedia

 

Greenland Arctic whitefish fisheries enter MSC assessments - Aug 09, 2013

Greenlandís cod, haddock and saithe fisheries in the North East Arctic area of the Barents Sea have entered MSC assessment. If successful, and subject to traceability certification, products from the fisheries will be eligible to bear the MSCís blue Certified Sustainable Seafood ecolabel.

The fishery, representing three Greenland boats - Sisimiut, Polar Princess and Ilivileq - first started in the 1990s under two agreements between Greenland, Denmark, Russia and Norway. All three vessels have on-board processing facilities and supply most of their catch (80%) to the UK. Nearly all of these (more than 90 %) are processed as filets, pinbones in, with or without skin. The rest is block-frozen headed and gutted.

 

COUNTRY NOTE ON NATIONAL FISHERIES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Ė GREENLAND - Given the immense economic importance of fisheries to Greenland Ė an industry that accounts for approximately 92% of Greenlandís total exports, the requirement for a well-solidified legal framework and stellar administrative system is paramount. The Greenland Home Rule Governmentís Fisheries Act is precisely the legislation, which constitutes Greenlandís legal framework and administrative underpinnings by which the Executive Branch manages fisheries policies. The government has continually sought to achieve well-established relationships and well-endowed trust between local trade organizations and the fishing operations they represent, as well as the government-owned seafood operation, Royal Greenland, in order to align domestic fisheries policies and legislative acts with the domestic and international interests of these parties.

 

Ocean Health Index - Greenland - The Ocean Health Index is a valuable tool for the ongoing assessment of ocean health. By providing a means to advance comprehensive ocean policy and compare future progress, the Index can inform decisions about how to use or protect marine ecosystems. The Index is a collaborative effort, made possible through contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and partnerships between organizations including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Sea Around Us, Conservation International, National Geographic, and the New England Aquarium. Information for Greenland

 

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