Kutterfisch-Zentrale (KF)

The Kutterfisch-Zentrale (KF) is the largest company and Producer’s Organization (PO) in Germany dealing with catching, marketing and processing of fish, dealing with about 7,000 tonnes of fresh fish per year. Founded in 1964, today over 100 employees are working for the PO, from which around 50 are in the fish catching part. Fishermen and vessels belonging to the PO or company are fishing in the North and Baltic Sea. Main species are saithe, cod, herring and some flatfish species. The company was the first in Germany successfully undergoing the certification process for the marine stewardship council (MSC) . KF aims at meeting the criteria of working sustainably, reasonable and transparent. This is reflected in the traceability of fish and fish products, the certification after the MSC and also in increased regulatory mechanisms to avoid discards.

Role of Kutterfisch-Zentrale in SOCIOEC

The Kutterfisch-Zentrale will take part in the North and Baltic Sea case studies, working closely together with the respective partners involved in the CS and embedded in WP 2-5.
Kutterfisch will provide participants from its employees and membership to take part in the case study workshops for North and Baltic Sea. Additionally, they will take part in the interviews (see WP3) to assess incentives of management measures. They already take part in a pilot project for a catch quota system by installing cameras on board to follow the sorting process on board. In the Baltic Sea members are especially active in the Western Baltic Sea.

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Kai Arne Schmidt is managing director with special responsibility for quota distribution in the company and dealing with all issues coming from regulations via the Common Fisheries Policy.

Jörg Petersen is also managing director especially responsible for the operation of the company’s vessels.

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