fishing industry

  • Prospects for the Cuxhaven fishing industry

    HWG member companies present themselves at the "fish international" in Bremen

    The Cuxhaven stand at the last fish international in 2016. Copyrigth: Thomas SassenCuxhaven, 26 February 2018 - On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the most important trade fair for the fish industry, companies from the Cuxhaven fishing location will again be presenting their products and services on site. In addition to the sponsors, the Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) and Seaports of Niedersachsen, 14 companies and institutions will be represented at the joint stand 5E39 in hall 5, showing a cross-section of the fishing industry.

    For example, the HWG member Kutterfisch-Zentrale presents its recently received Naturland certificate for sustainably fished saithe and informs interested parties about the two new cutters, which are currently being built in Spain and are particularly environment-friendly due to their engines with catalytic converters.

    Founded in 1988, the exhibition for fish processors and traders, canteens, caterers and food retailers first started with 100 exhibitors. In 2018, 312 exhibitors will be present, around 40 percent of them from abroad. The number of visitors also increases with each biannual exhibition. In 2016, 11,732 visitors were registered, and the trade fair expects a similar level of interest this year.

    "The 'fish international' is a must for us - it is the only German trade fair for the fishing industry," confirms Jens Lühmann, organizer of the Cuxhaven stand and Managing Director of Spedition Lühmann GmbH & Co. KG. "In Cuxhaven our customers can find a wide range of services, from fishing, processing, packaging and storage to delivery, laboratory and sales. At the trade fair, we offer them the opportunity for face-to-face talks and initial contact." With a joint stand, he explains, the frequency of visitors is higher than at a separate stand, as visitors find many different contact persons in one place.

    On a gross area of 10,680 square metres in halls 5 and 6 of Messe Bremen, the latest innovations can also be seen - not only in the culinary sector. In the aquaculture exhibition area, exhibitors showcase everything from a to z for fish farming and production in recirculation systems. In a corresponding aquaculture workshop, best-practice examples on the topics of recirculation systems, salmonids, shrimps and animal welfare will be presented.


    About HWG

    The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) represents the interests of Cuxhaven’s maritime companies, institutions and private individuals united by the common goal of marketing and further developing the port at the mouth of the river Elbe. The HWG also promotes Cuxhaven’s standing as the most important port site for offshore wind energy in Germany.


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  • Plenty of fish to catch

    ITB 2019: Nordseeheilbad Cuxhaven presents a range of culinary experiences

    Fischkutter im Altern Fischereihafen in Cuxhaven. Copyright: Nordseeheilbad Cuxhaven

    Cuxhaven, known for its port as well as its leisure, offers a wide range of culinary experiences as well. Be it fish rolls or Michelin-star cooks, fresh seafood, tender lambs which grazed on the dikes or exotic fusion food: in Cuxhaven, you’ll find anything to match your culinary desires. At the International Tourism Trade Show in Berlin (ITB), Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) member Nordseeheilbad Cuxhaven presented Cuxhaven as a tourist destination, as it has done in years prior. At a press conference on 7 March 2019, the attendees were given a guided culinary tour of Cuxhaven.

    In Berlin, Kristian Kamp, chairman of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA) in Lower Saxony, connected the historic beginnings of North German cuisine with the newest trends which, of course, are also inspiring and driving forward the restaurant sector in Cuxhaven.

    Fishing has, both in culinary and economic terms, always had a preeminent position. A market for sea-caught fish was opened in Cuxhaven as early as 1908. Even today, Cuxhaven hosts 35 fishery companies which employ 1,300 staff, making it the second largest North Sea fishing port. Not only Cuxhaven based deep-sea cutter vessels, but also a number of foreign fish trawlers regularly discharge their catch in Cuxhaven. Ocean perch, cod, pollock and haddock, but also sole and plaice are processed by many businesses.

    Additionally, Cuxhaven’s role as a major market place for fish and fish products was emphasized. Up to 270,000 tons of ocean-caught fish and 10,000 tons of shrimps are sold out of Cuxhaven. Local companies like Lipromar and Bioceval produce fish byproducts like fishmeal and fish oil. Furthermore, Kristian Kamp noted, fishery in Cuxhaven is invested in sustainable development, e.g. by obtaining appropriate certifications and by using wide, light nets which protect young fish. Even the fish cutters themselves, including two newbuilds commissioned and now operated by Cuxhavener Kutterfisch-Zentrale, use catalytic converters, AdBlue tanks to reduce harmful emissions and have equipment to properly dispose of waste water.

    Der Stand des Landes Niedersachsen auf der ITB in Berlin. Copyright: Medienbüro am Reichstag GmbH

    Fishery is also valuable for tourism. Not only people from Cuxhaven, but also many guests value the regional and seasonal culinary experience alongside sustainable, certified fishing, said Nordseeheilbad managing director Erwin Krewenka. Every year, Cuxhaven welcomes 650,000 overnight guests and generates a total of 3.9 million overnight stays, with the trend pointing upward. In the Old Fishery Port, which is to be developed and reinvigorated by investor Norbert Plambeck and his team, it the aim is to create additional restaurants and overnight stay opportunities.

    Upon inquiry, Cuxhaven’s Lord Mayor Dr. Ulrich Getsch reported on progress made vis-à-vis the resumption of the ferry connection between Cuxhaven and Brunsbüttel. The business plan of the prior Elbe ferry, as well as bookings of more than 100 trucks per day, plus other passengers, proved that there is demand for such a connection. Although the ship is presently still under charter in the Norwegian town of Bergen, since there are still some open financing questions, the Lord Mayor expressed optimism that the ferry connection will once again be made operational. Starting April 2019, furthermore, a fast passenger ferry connection to Sylt will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    The press conference was summarized by Kristian Kamp as follows: “Cuxhaven doesn’t just feel great – it also tastes great!”

    Das Fischerfest im Hafen Cuxhaven. Copyright: Nordseeheilbad Cuxhaven


  • New Management for the Cuxhaven Fish Industry Association

    Michael Ditzer; Copyright Fischwirtschaftliche Vereinigung Michael Ditzer, Managing Director of Cux Fisch Ditzer GmbH, is the new President of the Cuxhaven Fish Industry Association. In this way, the Cuxhavener fishmonger is now responsible for supervising the lobbying and public relations efforts of the fish and food products industry as well as for regional and interregional political networking. In addition, the Fish Industry Association regularly organizes the joint stand at the annual Bremen fish trade fair "Fish international". Michael Ditzer is taking over the position from Bodo von Holten, managing director of the fishmeal producer Bioceval.

    The local industry association represents 29 companies, including fish retailers, freight forwarders and producers of canned goods. The new Vice-President is Melanie Nermerich-Widowitsch, managing director of Nermerich Feinkost GmbH, which intends to promote the resumption of the Fishermen's Festival starting in 2020.

    Besides Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven is the most important fishery port in Germany. Providing approximately 3,000 jobs, the fishing industry is one of the most important regional employers.

  • Royal Greenland expands production in Cuxhaven

    Shrimp processing to start in new facility in 2019

    Knut Kokkelink, Niederlassungsleiter Cuxhaven von Niedersachsen Ports; Helgi Helgason, Werksleiter Royal Greenland; Lars Nielsen aus der Geschäftsführung Royal Greenland; Carsten Fitter, Geschäftsführer Royal Greenland; Holger Banik Geschäftsführer Niedersachsen Ports. copyright: NPorts

    The fishery company Royal Greenland Germany GmbH and its contract partner, Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts), are jointly constructing a building in the Fischereihafen Cuxhaven which is to be a new processing facility. It is directly adjacent to “Herring Hall”, which is currently in use by the company.

    With those two facilities, Royal Greenland is among Cuxhaven’s largest fish processing companies. By Autumn 2019, the facility’s space shall be used for production and processing of shrimp. Until then, it will be fully equipped and the required machinery will be installed. Additionally, a connection will be built out from “Herring Hall” to the new fishery facility. In connection with this expansion of the business, 50 new jobs will be created.

    “In the port, the fishery business needs good neighbors and strong partners. I’m glad that Cuxhaven was successful in its bid and that this expansion will strengthen the economy of the region,” said Holger Banik, general manager of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG.

    The favourable location at the North Sea along the mouth of the Elbe and Weser rivers has meant that Cuxhaven was able to become one of the most important fishery sites in Germany in the last 100 years. Today, it is the second largest fishery port in the Federal Republic of Germany. Among the 40 fishery companies in Cuxhaven, there are many which have decades of experience in fish processing and fish logistics.

    Royal Greenland, which is based in Greenland, has 750 million euros of annual revenue and is the largest supplier of fish and seafood from the North Atlantic worldwide. It has more than 40 production facilities in Greenland and distribution companies in Europe, China, Japan and the USA.