Tech Advancements in Food and Aquaculture Hold Key to Fish Processing, Harvest, and Sales

Feb 04,2020

Fish processing operations have been conducted by humans since many years, and primarily include processes associated with fish and byproducts, where fish is harvested and caught before delivery to consumers. Fish processing accounts for harvests of aquatic organisms, aimed towards commercial goals.

Major organizations in the fish processing industry, in many cases hold control over their own farming operations or fleets of fishing vehicles. As fish products are mostly bought by intermediaries or by retailers post processing, a key concern for businesses in the fish processing industry is to cut down the risk of rotting, which is expected to remain a major concern in the foreseeable future.

Fish processing operations can be further categorized into the production of byproduct items and fish handling. Some of the more common activities associated with preliminary processing of fish include freezing, filleting, followed by chilling and canning, with the aim of generating products for the retail industry.

Aquaculture Processes Support Industrial Fish Processing

Aquaculture has increasingly become important in a bid to maintain the freshness of the fish, by keeping it alive till the fish reaches maturity for cooking and consumption. This process has become widely popular in China, and has been in use for years.

Fish processing involves activities such as temperature management, oxygen dispossession, water management, and reducing microbial loads for purposes of preservation and logistics. In most cases, one or more of these processes are utilized, as chilled and frozen fish are transported over longer distances, bolstering the importance of cold chains. As a result, transport vehicles with adequate insulation, and equipped containers for refrigeration are the key to business.

Advancements in Fish Processing Technologies

In recent years, technologies have changed at a rapid pace, with more than 90 per cent of fish consumption, coming from developed nations, and the increasing availability of numerous fish products is making inroads in developing nations.

Engineers and researchers have invested considerable efforts towards fish processing technologies, which aim to increase the duration of preservation, while also bolstering properties of aroma, flavor and appearance. Artificial intelligence is slated to gain a greater role in the near future. Newer methods are the key to the generation of new seafood byproducts including streamlining of food quality which includes processed fish.

Quality is important, when it comes to fish processing, involving numerous aspects to meet the needs and expectations of consumers, including commodity, nutrition, sensory, and safety needs. Other aspects of importance include guarantees, packaging, and the marketing system.

Focus on Clean Fish Processing for Minimizing Environmental Impact

Around the world, consumers have displayed increased interest in seafood processing systems, and the associated impact on the environment, including analysis on the effects between consumption and product lifecycle.

Fish processing can include a wide range of procedures including conventional options such as drying and salting. Others, which have been introduced only recently, involve the use of chemicals and electrical devices. However, only fresh fish is suitable for processing. Other common fish processing methods that continue to be popular include canning, smoking, cooking, curing, picking, and dehydration.

Governments have also been focusing on the importance of fisheries and processing industries to the local economies and have set up a number of programs to meet concerns of food safety. Government bodies set up fish processing labs, allow international collaborations in fish handling regulations, and relax foreign direct investment rules to bolster exports.

The outcome displays production and utilization of food and the resultant effects on the environment including factors arising from distribution chains, and overall food production and processing operations.

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