Bringing the Ocean to Society
4 Jul 2019
Cephs and Chefs is helping fisheries to be more competetive in the Atlantic
EurOcean Member CESAM is promoting ocean literacy and simultaneously enhancing the capacity to deal with European regulations.

The EurOcean Member CESAM is involved in an Interreg project that aims to develop new markets and products based on cephalopods (squid, octopus, and cuttlefish). By increasing the profitability of the value chain, Cephs and Chefs is helping to make fisheries more competitive in the Atlantic Area. The initiative will enhance capacity to deal with economic challenges arising from the Landing Obligation, globalization of markets, etc., while assuring sustainable fishing.

Cephalopod stocks are not subject to quota management at EU level and opportunities exist to further develop fisheries and markets. The project will connect fishermen to new markets for cephalopod products, add value to existing products, and aim for better prices for cephalopods from the Atlantic Area. Biological and socioeconomic sustainability will be carefully audited throughout the project.

The objectives of the Cephs and Chefs are to:

  • Add value to cephalopod products: development and promotion of new products, new market initiatives (e.g. certification) and business opportunities for this sector
  • Improve knowledge of the value chain (“from sea to table”), factors affecting sustainability in the short term (e.g., low prices, imports, consumer demand) and potential market developments in the long term
  • Improve knowledge of eating habits and acceptance of new cephalopod food products by consumers in North and South Europe d) Ensure sustainability of fishing activity by assessing status of stocks, fisheries and ecosystems based on biological and socioeconomic indicators.

Learn more about Cheps and Chefs here.