The visit came as part of a three-day visit to Iceland, which saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Fisheries of the two countries, and included calls on several of the countrys leading fisheries research organisations, academic institutions and commercial companies.
Speaking during his visit, the minister said: Although Brazil is well known as a major producer of meat and poultry, our fisheries sector still has a very long way to go to reach its potential. To help it do so, a dedicated fisheries ministry was created in 2009.
"As well as ocean species, freshwater fishing is an activity of increasing importance. The countrys sheer size means it has a wide range of microclimates, which in turn create a wide diversity of species. Shellfish is also another area of huge potential, particularly shrimp.
Brazil is a growing market in which Marel has been active for some years. The company operates a production facility in Piracicaba and a sales facility in Curitiba, while this spring of this year saw the launch of a dedicated Brazilian website.