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Mafalda Rangel, SEA2SEE project partner and researcher from the Centre of Marine Sciences of the Algarve (CCMAR), Portugal participated in the 3rd edition of the Expo Fish Portugal 2023 Conference, that took place in Sesimbra, Portugal, on November 14 – 15.  

Her presentation entitled “The octopus and the octopus’ fishery in the Algarve: together for sustainability” was part of Panel 1 “Portuguese fish, a formula for sustainability” featured the work developed over the years with the octopus’ fleet in the Algarve including the ongoing work within the SEA2SEE project – an innovative way to trace the value chain of the octopus from Fuzeta which showcased findings of the SEA2SEE project case study related to the Portuguese fisheries.  

The conference had an exposition area, where stakeholders could contact a diverse range of products and companies from sectors such as wild fish, aquaculture, and fresh and frozen fish industry. This allowed for all interested parties to schedule B2B meetings with exhibitors, clarify on issues, show services and products, to celebrate partnerships between different stakeholders, which enabled the establishment of a network of contacts.

In addition to Panel 1, other discussed topics during the event were cooperation and new opportunities for the fishing sector, new financing opportunities in the fishing sector, valuing Portuguese seafood, the future of the fishing sector. A new generation of aquaculture projects were also presented.

A varied panel of speakers and experts gathered to discuss the enhancement and long-term viability of Portuguese fish, funding prospects, international cooperation, and the development of aquaculture.

The conference, which was held in a hybrid mode, was the perfect setting to contact actors from several seafood value chains and to enrich the conversation concerning the future of seafood traceability in Portugal.

More information regarding the event can be found here.