Brazil/EU Seafood Exports Stopped
The Brazillian government, in an effort to avoid EU actions, has temporarily banned export to the EU until they get their affairs in order.
Brazil’s sea-catch capacity is very diverse, from tropical fish species in the north to colder fish species in the south. Slowly aquaculture is gaining weight in the volumes consumed per capita but wild caught marine fish is still an important source to satisfy the demand of the domestic, Brazilian market. There is also a growing interest in exporting the wild caught species. It is impossible to detail all available species, but some of major interest to the European market, in our opinion, are tuna, croakers, snappers, swordfish, mackerel and wild shrimp. Pesqueira Pionera, with 18 vessels and over 100 partner vessels, Kowalsky Group, with 13 motorized steel hull vessels, and Pesqueira Maguary, specialized in shrimp and catfish catches, are the largest fishery companies in Brazil. Pesqueira Pionera and Pesqueira Maguary operate in the mid-northern part of Brazil (FAO 31 and 41). Kowalsky Fisheries is one of the biggest fishing companies in the southern part (FAO 41), claiming to supply 35% of Brazil’s national market. For them, tuna is an important marine species.