From the Fishermen’s Consortium of Goro to Agroittica Lombarda, from Fiorital to Fratelli Maroni, Italy’s fish and aquaculture excellence was well represented at the European Seafood Exposition which took place in Brussels from April 23-25. The spearhead of the Italian food and agriculture sector, these companies have always satisfied the prime requisites in terms of quality and environmental sustainability, even when these issues weren’t as high on the political agenda. All were present at the expo, which is held annually in Europe’s capital. The event was also the occasion for the launch of the EU Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture. During the programme, European Commissioner of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki stressed the importance of aquaculture in both sustainability and competitiveness, inviting member states to be more aware of matters like reductions in administrative timeframes and commitments for companies (it takes an average of three years to obtain licensing).