FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Good Practice Project

Promoting aquaculture products

Country:
Three Slovenian FLAGs are implementing a collaborative assessment of fisheries products to establish a quality system for fish products produced in Slovenia.

Description

In September 2019, a quality evaluation of fish products was held at the Biotechnical Faculty of Ljubljana, where the assessment committee from the Dr. Wagner Institute in Austria evaluated 21 samples of fish products submitted by five Slovenian aquaculture producers to analyse the quality of those local products.

The results of this evaluation of fisheries products were announced during one of the six Countryside in the City events, organised every year from June to October at the main market in Ljubljana. The event links food producers to consumers and promotes local and national products. The aim of the evaluation was to enable fish farmers to compare local fish products using objective criteria, and to increase their value by driving quality.  A second sensory evaluation is expected in October 2020 and in the future, it is expected to replicate this project at the national level.

The project also developed a quality label for the evaluated products, establishing three categories (gold, silver and bronze) to offer assurance to consumers that they are buying quality food and to encourage them to choose local over imported fisheries products with high food miles.

Results: 

After the first phase of the project, the following results were achieved:

  • 5 local aquaculture producers involved and their products evaluated
  • 15 people trained on sensory evaluation of food quality by Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana
  • A local quality label developed to classify the local products.
  • 4 culinary workshops organised on preparing meals from local products: one for kindergartens cooks, one for local restaurants chefs, and two for the general public.
Transferability: 

This kind of study could be adapted to promote local products in most areas where fisheries products are undervalued or poorly known as a way to promote their quality.

Lessons & contribution to CLLD objectives: 

Lessons: Promotion was a particularly important part of the project, in order to achieve a local awareness and give visibility to the project. Limited human resources was a key challenge, requiring strong personal dedication of every stakeholder involved

Contribution to CLLD objective: Adding value to aquaculture products

Funding

Total project cost €139 224,08
FLAG grant €139 224,08
  • EU contribution (EMFF): €88 755,35
  • Public contribution (national): €29 585,12
  • FLAGs running costs
    20 884

Project information

Période de mise en oeuvre From jan 2019 to oct 2020
Bassins
Type de zone
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Détails de contact

Contacts du GALPA

Ms. Greta Černilogar
+386 5 384 15 07
Slovenia
Publication date: 
31/01/2020
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