50th Western European Fish Technologists Association (WEFTA) Conference
The aim of WEFTA is to be an important platform in Europe for institutions engaged in fish processing, applied food science, aquaculture, seafood technology, health effects of seafood consumption and consumer studies. WEFTA aims at improving safety and quality of seafood on and from the European and other markets through research within this area.
News | 24/08/2021
Ray, Fish of the Year 2021
Rye will be "fish of the year 2021" in Flanders. VLAM is setting up a promotional campaign around this fish species, with remarkably many nuances and facts. Again, ILVO determined the sustainability of the "fish of the year".
News | 06/12/2018
Useful infographics on the status of important fish stocks for Belgian fisheries.
ILVO and VLIZ publish for the first time a series of summary infographics on fish stocks relevant for the Belgian fishing fleet.
News | 08/04/2019
Turning under-utilized fish (products) into valuable, profitable feed additives using a silage technique.
Fish heads and cutting residues from the fish processing companies, as well as landed substandard fish which may not be sold for human consumption, can be processed with higher quality and more sustainably than has been done so far.
News | 21/09/2021
Plastic pollution in the Belgian North Sea: no alarming amounts of microplastics in fish and shellfish, plastic fibers everywhere and a hotspot near Zeebrugge
Where do Belgian commercial fishermen fish? What species do they catch and how much? What is the state of fish stocks in those places, and how exactly is that calculated? When can we speak of a sustainably fished stock?
From data to science-based recommendations
Belgian fishermen fish for more than 50 species of fish and shellfish in no fewer than 10 different fishing areas, from the Bay of Biscay in the south to Skagerrak in the north. The status of each of these species in each marine area is evaluated annually.
Status of the fish stocks
Main research questionHow does recreational fishing in Belgium evolve from year to year? What is the biological, economic and technical situation of the recreational fisheries?
Main research questionThe ECOSCOPE project aims at improved fisheries management that balances a healthy marine ecosystem with sustainable fisheries. This requires a lot of diverse, accurate and up-to-date data that can be interpreted in a clear way by fishermen.
Main research questionThe VISTools II project focused on (1) the improvement en expansion of the VISTools systeem, (2) analysing the feasibility of upscaling the system to other fishing vessels and (3) analysing the scientific relevance of the gathered data.Research approachThe VISTools system was improved and expanded by developing a concentrator (