Plenty of fish to catch
ITB 2019: Nordseeheilbad Cuxhaven presents a range of culinary experiences
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.
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!”