Turkish national participation at the European Seafood Exhibition (ESE), which is known as one of the most important shows in the world, was carried into effect under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Istanbul Exporters' Associations.
Leading firms from the Turkish Seafood sector was exhibited on 14 stands in Hall 11, which was held during 24-26th of April in Brussels/ Belgium.
ESE Fair, which has been organizing for 20 years and displaying varieties of products such as sea bass, gilthead sea bream, red mullet, gray mullet, anchovy, horse mackerel, trout, fresh and chilled or frozen products, marinated seafood products in a wide range, expected to host over 1600 companies from approximately 70 different countries around the world.
Turkish National Participation was realized for the 8th times this year by Istanbul Exporters' Associations under the consept "Seafood from Turkey”.
Turkey is surrounded by four seas, which are rich in diversity of fish species, on three sides The Black Sea in the north, The Marmara Sea in the Northwest, the Aegean in the West and the Mediterranean in the South. The inland resources are also very rich (175 km. rivers, 1 million ha natural lakes, 170 000 ha reservoirs, 70 000 ha lagoons, 700 small reservoirs). Turkey has 8.333 km. of coast line and is located on two continents, namely; Asia and Europe. Owing to its geographical location, Turkey has a major advantage and great potential in terms of fish and fishery products and production area of seafood is over 26 million hectares.
Total annual fishery production of Turkey is approximately 800.000 tons, including fresh water production. In ten years' period, farming-based production increased its share to a great extent against fishing based production of seafood.
The foreign trade of the fish and fishery products sector runs a surplus. In this respect, the fisheries sector could have been considered as a source of production and export for Turkey. The main export markets of Turkish fishery products are the European Union, Japan and the USA. Due to the convenient natural structure of surrounding environment including seas and inland water sources for aquaculture, it seems that Turkey will continue to achieve considerable development in this area in the upcoming years.
Turkish Aquaculture facilities are using the most modern systems of the world. The fishery sector has completely adapted to EC norms years ago. Then, EC has reported that Turkish companies were taken to the list of third countries from where EU countries can import fish.
In addition to expansion of fishery sector by production and production area, the geographical advantages of Turkey, three seas surrounding her, diversity of species, processing capacity, trade relations with the European and Middle East countries, tendency to enter the new markets and her closeness to target markets in the region are the facts that promise steady growth for the fishery sector of Turkey.
The Turkish exhibitors was located on 14 stands in Hall 11
There were 14 companies whose names were given below displaying varieties of products such as Sea Bass, Sea Bream, Trout, Fresh&Chilled or Frozen Products, Marinated Seafood Products.
- Agromey Gida ve Yem San. Tic. A.S.
- Akuvatur Su Ürünleri San. ve Tic. A.S.
- Alima Su Ürünleri ve Gida Sanayi Tic. A.S.
- Antalya Balik A.S.
- Bagci Balik Gida ve Enerji Üretim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
- BAL-PI Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti.
- Çamli Yem Besicilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
- FST Gida San. ve Tic. A.S.
- Hay Balikçilik ve Su Ürünleri San. Tic. Ith. Ihr. Ltd. Sti.
- Kemal Balikçilik Ihr. Ltd. Sti. (Group Sagun)
- Kiliç Deniz Ürünleri A.S.
- Kopuzmar Su Ürünleri San. Ve Dis Ticaret A.S.
- Sastas Samsun Sogutma Tesis. A.S.
- Turkish Seafood Promotion Committee