Review of the management tools available for the management of the inshore and offshore brown crab fisheries of Western Europe, their impact and effectiveness, and how they might be deployed to improve stock condition, reduce effort and improve operating economics.
Value / Supply Chain
Seafood trade, marketing and quality
Nautilus recognises that improving efficiency and quality in the seafood value chain is key to ensuring maximum returns and equitable division of profit. Codes of practise for fish storage and handling, both on board and ashore, ship to shore communications and electronic auctions have all contributed to improvements in efficiency, quality and hygiene. Nautilus continues to be closely involved with initiatives to promote best practise in the seafood market chain, supported by appropriate marketing to reap benefits at all levels of the value chain.
Standards, traceability and certification
Our experience in evaluation and knowledge of a wide range of natural resource issues makes Nautilus ideally suited to assess and design operating codes and standards of best practice. The company has developed codes, either voluntary or compulsory, in a variety of sectors. These codes recognise the practical realities that constrain a work force, but seek to work within these to enhance safety, product quality and environmental quality, in pursuit of long term sustainable profits.
Fish processing and distribution
Nautilus has a detailed understanding of the UK and international processing industry. This understanding stretches from the supply side efficiencies to EU statutory processing requirements and from identification of funding opportunities to assessment of investment in processing infrastructure. Studies have also examined improving waste efficiencies, such as feasibility assessments of by-product recycling and re-use. Distribution of fish is also a substantial cost and key determinant of business viability within an increasingly global seafood commodity market. The company has led several projects highlighting the commercial opportunities and benefits from improved distribution efficiency.
The Seafeeds workshop brought together a wide range of expert opinion from all spectrums of the aquaculture debate to advance the understanding of the needs and opportunities for sustainable aquaculture feeds. Representatives from the aquaculture, fisheries and feed industries, food certification, and environmental and research organisations contributed to facilitated discussion, at times splitting off into small single topic working groups. Delegates were charged with specific tasks and areas to debate enabling lively and productive discussion.
The objective was to examine appropriate mechanisms for encouraging more environmental and socially responsible shrimp production. The work was approached through a number of individual work packages: 1 A review of social and environmental issues and relevant national and international initiatives to promote and support responsible shrimp farming. 2 Capitalising on the CSR Agenda. 3 International Trade Agreement Assessment. 4 Structure and organisation of production and marketing in Bangladesh. 4a Socially and environmentally responsible shrimp farming in Bangladesh.
This project aimed to advise private sector clients on appropriate farming systems and production strategies in relation to a specific site in order to achieve company goals in supply efficiencies and quality control. Initial site visit taking soil and salinity samples plus interview with local residents. Modelling of costs associated with various production options based on local environmental conditions. Strategic assessment of development options followed by implementation plan.
The survey found the farm to have considerable potential for growth of rainbow and brown trout. An excellent water supply and good husbandry practices had ensured long-term disease-free production for many years. Good site characteristics and production and grow-out pool lay-out suggested further potential for a more ambitious project, although the report also highlighted potential threats that should be over-come through alterations in site design.