Fish meal & oil factory – we disprove myths

The emotions around the establishment of the florets in Słupsk do not diminish. Concerned residents organize meetings and conferences with local authorities, politicians, and with the Directorate of the General Directorate for Environmental Protection. What is the main reason for their fears? Unpleasant odor associated with fish processing. Is it right? Investor Paula Fish presents three reasons to be calm about the quality of life of the residents of Słupsk and the surrounding area.


Reason number 1: Fresh raw material instead of fish waste


The Paula Fish company ensures – the establishment of the fish meal company will not affect the comfort of life and health. Unlike older plants, for the production of meal and fish oil, Paula Fish will only use fresh raw material instead of fish waste. The raw material is salmon semi-products and fresh pelagic fish, such as sprat and herring.


An unquestionable advantage of the plant is modern technology that allows to process products of the highest standard, that is, the quality of products intended for humans. The highest-class standard can only be achieved by technologically advanced plants, such as the investment of Paula Fish.


The plant will not utilize and process the stale and uncertain origin of the raw material. In addition, the unloading of the delivered raw material will take place inside the production hall to overcome the spread of any odors.


Reason number 2: Technology. Ventilation. Filters. Meaning – it will not stink


The most important in the production of fish meal and fish oil is the proper isolation of unpleasant odor, so it is not disruptive to the environment of the plant. The entire ventilation system has been designed in such a way that the technological line is ventilated directly in the place of aroma, and the entire air stream flows straight to the clean. In addition, thanks to the high-efficiency ventilation system of the production halls, the smell will be able to get out of the hall only through the system of the highest quality filters. This will be ensured by innovative devices from world leaders in the industry: Haarslev Industries, Alfa Laval, GEA, Flottweg.


Paula Fish will use the latest line of global leaders in the production of equipment for fish meal and oil. The individual elements of the installation will be designed and manufactured in compliance with the best standards and environmentally friendly solutions that are not invasive to the environment of the production plant.


In addition, Paula Fish is obliged to provide the best filters due to the warranty and service requirements of the technologies and machines used, and therefore there can be no negligence.


Reason number 3: Model example of meal companies from Germany, Norway or Finland


Close neighborhood of the plant concerns local citizens. The investor ensures that similar locations in relation to residential buildings have been implemented in the West and North of Europe. Meal factories in Sassnitz in Germany, in Norwegian Bergen, or Finnish Kansas, are built as close to residential buildings as the investment in Słupsk. Thanks to high standards and advanced technology, they are not burdensome for local communities.


The management of Paula Fish is aware of the residents’ concerns and does not want to downplay them. At the same time, they want to calm down anxieties based on the following four myths:


Myth # 1: Emission of pollutants into the air


In Polish environmental regulations concerning the emission of various types of substances, the environment lacks unambiguous data on a flourish. The “European emission standards” quoted in the environmental report are determined on the basis of the so-called fragrance unit. What is behind this concept? In a nutshell, the odor concentration standard is set, which exceeds or does not exceed the strictly defined odor threshold. When is this threshold reached? This is determined by a team specially appointed for this, which determines whether the concentration of the fragrance is palpable or not. This statement is supported by detailed chemical formulas. The emission standards were a manifestation of diligence maintained by the person preparing the report because due to the lack of these regulations in Polish regulations, the author of the report did not have to refer to such paraments.


Myth # 2: Reasonable allegations regarding the reliability of the environmental impact assessment


The worst emission scenario was adopted in the environmental report. Taking this into account, while using state-of-the-art technology and reducing the emission of undesirable odors by biofilters at the level of 98% efficiency, virtually full emission reduction can be expected.


Myth # 3: Annulment of the decision


According to the law, the invalidity of the decision can only take place if the report contains data deviating from the facts. The annulment would only be possible if the report included elements that were not true and changed the nature of the negative from a positive report. If the report includes the worst parameters affecting the environment, finding a significant negative deviation, with the lack of standards in this respect, seems to be a very difficult task.


Myth # 4: Negative impact on the environment


The quality control points taken into account during the production process of fishmeal and fish oil seem to be crucial in this respect. The freshness of the raw material has a significant impact on both the quality of protein in production and the lack of odor in the surroundings of the plant. In the meal factory in Słupsk, the time between catching fish and processing will be minimized. The fish will be stored in ice and chilled water to minimize the risk of spoilage. Fish meal and oil will be produced only from raw fish or other seafood in accordance with the restrictive requirements of recipients of the product.


  • Exposure to process temperature


Process control in the factory is necessary for the production of a high-quality fish meal. Delicate cooking (90 degrees C or below) and drying (90 degrees C below) improves the nutritional value – especially digestibility and during this process kill any harmful bacteria in the fish.


  • Fat stability


There are many unsaturated fatty acids in fish oil, which are a rich source of vitamins and Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids. Unfortunately, they are also susceptible to oxidation, which is why a very important stage in the process is the use of antioxidants.


In these two stages, significant odor neutralization will take place by specialized equipment.


  • Hygiene


The high standard of cleanliness of the installation is required and maintained, therefore the emphasis is on proper cleaning and maintenance of the installation. Fishmeal and fish oil as a product must meet stringent requirements regarding the absence of contaminants and toxins.


Myth # 5: Location is troublesome for the local community


The company is located in the industrial zone, and precisely at the point which will ensure quick delivery of fresh raw material from the ports in Ustka, Kołobrzeg, Hel, and Władysławowo, as well as fish processing companies from the immediate vicinity. The location selected for the investment has been covered by the spatial development plan for years for the heavy industry. Four fish processing plants have been in the vicinity of the investment for a long time.

Paula Fish investment as a response to the troubles of Polish fishermen


The argument that the investment will affect the more efficient use of available fish stock is still a key factor, and for fishermen who do not use the allocated amounts of individual fishing quota, it can be of strategic importance due to the lack of the possibility to dispose of the raw material.


It is definitely worth recalling some of the problems faced by Polish fishermen and the entire fishing industry in Poland:

  • It is not known what to do with fishing for unwanted fish
  • How to use surplus catches
  • Where to go with the post-production products


Both EU and Polish law came to the rescue for Polish fisheries. According to the regulation of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe (from 11/12/2013), member states should support investments in the construction and adaptation of marinas and landing sites or investments in the field of adding value to fishery products, due to the obligation to land undersized fish.


Rational arguments instead of emotions


Representatives of Paula Fish once again ensure that the investor is open to dialogue about the plant being built. “Our investment is not only harmless but also thought-out in terms of its benefits. From the very beginning, it was important for us to show the truth, so anyone interested in the investment will receive comprehensive information about it. I would not decide on a project that could worsen the health and comfort of the local community. I am a part of it and as a mature entrepreneur, I take responsibility for local residents with every investment. ” – emphasizes President of Paula Fish company, Sławomir Gojdź.


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February 13, 2018