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EUROFISH safety measures during the coronavirus outbreak in Denmark

Corona12 March 2020

All meetings scheduled to take place at EUROFISH Headquarters in Copenhagen are cancelled, postponed, or will be organised via video conference, until further notice. Following guidelines issued by the Danish authorities, EUROFISH staff will continue working, but from home. They can be contacted on their individual emails or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Updates to this information will be provided as needed.

Any inconvenience caused by this situation is regretted.


Regional conference in Poland postponed

Regional Conference2020 PLThe preparations for the regional fisheries conference ‘Market Access Opportunities and Challenges’ to be held in Gdynia, Poland on 31 March 2020 is nearing finalisation.

However, a successful outcome is threatened by the spread of the corona virus. In Europe, travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine measures have been introduced for travellers due to the virus. Unfortunately, several speakers and participants have been affected by these restrictions. As further developments cannot be predicted, the above-mentioned regional conference is being postponed until further notice.

We will suggest an alternative date as soon as the situation improves.

EUROFISH Governing Council hosts a record number of participants

GC group2020The 19th session of the EUROFISH Governing Council was held on 6 and 7 February 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This annual meeting brought together a record number of representatives from the organisation’s member countries (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey), observer countries, and institutions like the FAO, Baltic Sea Advisory Council, GFCM, and the Nordic Council of Ministers to review the activities conducted by the organisation in 2019 and to approve the work programme proposed for 2020. The event was chaired by Romania and gave presentations on recent trade agreements and market access by Marcio Castro de Souza, an FAO expert; on the implementation of a traceability system in Latvia by Normunds Riekstins of the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture, and on Croatian experiences with the digitalisation of systems for fisheries control and traceability, presented by Mirta Novak of the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture.

The external presentations are available here:

EUROFISH Business Platform at Fish International

FishInternational 20Held biennially and now entering its 4th decade, fish international is Germany's only seafood trade fair. The 17th edition of the fish international will take place place in Bremen, Germany on 9-11 February 2020. fish international is a window on the German market, which is among the biggest in Europe for fish and seafood. Eurofish International Organisation, together with the fair organisers Messe Bremen, provides a Business Platform to companies from its member countries, where they can exhibit and promote their products and services, communicate with visitors and other exhibitors, and look for potential business partners.

Please visit Eurofish Business Platform at Hall 5, Booth C-18 and meet the companies exhibiting:


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Regional workshop for Central Asia and Caucasus

CACFish Regional WorkshopOn 12 and 13 November 2019 the FAO and CACFish, the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission, together with EUROFISH, the International Organisation for the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Europe and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey organised a capacity-building workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, for government officials and industry representatives in Central Asian and Caucasian countries aiding the development of the post-harvest fisheries sector in the areas of food safety, processing, markets, and trade. The workshop was opened by Turkish Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Altuğ Atalay and Viorel Gutu, Subregional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative for Turkey and Uzbekistan along with EUROFISH Director Aina Afanasjeva. The purpose of the workshop was to better enable the region’s governments to assist their industry in gaining access to international markets, creating jobs and to raise national income through trade in fisheries and aquaculture products. The workshop addressed issues faced by fish processors and traders in developing countries and economies in transition arising from the increasingly complex fish value chains that include countless import regulations, international standards, and certification schemes. Experts from FAO and its sub-regional office, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, EUROFISH, UNCTAD, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey, among others gave presentations on market access and trade related issues, implementation of traceability and labelling requirements, the impact of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture, HACCP, and other topics.

Country representatives from Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan gave an update on the current state of play in their respective fisheries and aquaculture sectors, mentioning its strong and weak sides along with opportunities to be developed. While the Turkish fisheries and aquaculture sector is well developed, many other countries in this region are constrained by their topography and a low domestic consumption. A field visit to the processing company Sağdiçlar gave insights on good manufacturing and hygiene practices and showed successful vertical integration in the value chain with the establishment of aquaculture farms to source the fish from along with supermarkets and restaurants from which the fish and fish products can be sold.

Presentations and workshop images are available here.