In Belgium, there are 271 fish processing companies that work with amongst others North Sea fish. Recent surveys have shown that companies that use or process fish and specialise in certain types of fish, above all focus on the following types: salmon (86%), cod (77%), trout (70%), herring (66%), tuna and scallops (65% each). These are followed by two types of fish that are largely sourced locally in Flanders: grey shrimp and sole, each at 64%. A large number of companies whose main activity is processing fish also indicates that they specialise in salmon and cod, the types of fish most consumed in Flanders. They are followed by trout, sole, halibut, herring, grey shrimp, tuna, eel, scampi and gambas.
Our export in tonnes of fish products (fish, molluscs and shellfish) in the member states of the European Union (28 countries). Thanks to its central location and its ports, Belgium is an ideal transit country. With the Flemish fisheries, you not only order directly from the producer, you are also offered a complete range of products. Each delivery meets specific requirements with certified certainty. Flemish companies have their produce inspected by independent inspectors. The certificates offer you absolute certain, for every single delivery.
In 2015, the main fishing grounds for the Flemish fisheries in terms of volume were the central North Sea (7,680 tonnes), the eastern English Channel (6,152 tonnes), the southern North Sea (3,655 tonnes), the Bristol Channel (1,798 tonnes) and southeast Ireland or the Celtic Sea (1,299 tonnes), or together 20.584 tonnes.