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Hungary feted as newest EUROFISH member at Governing Council

GC group2019The EUROFISH Governing Council is an annual event attended by representatives from the organisation’s member countries and their embassies, from observer countries and their embassies, as well as from observer organisations. This year not only saw several senior officials attending the event but was also the first Governing Council to be attended by Hungary as a full member of EUROFISH. Hungary formally joined EUROFISH as of November 2018.

The attendees gather to review the organisation’s performance in the year that has passed and approve the programme of activities for the coming year. Member countries’ representatives make concrete proposals for activities that are of interest to the individual country, or perhaps, to several. This year, for example, the organisation will be co-organising a conference in Italy on aquaculture, that was originally initiated by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) but will be of interest to several EUROFISH member countries.

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EUROFISH Governing Council 2019

GC groupThe eighteenth session of the Eurofish Governing Council will be held on 31 January and 1 February 2019. Representatives from the 13 member countries of EUROFISH (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey) will discuss the organisation’s activities during the course of 2018 as well as discuss and approve the work programme proposed for 2019. Representatives from several observer countries as well as from institutions with which EUROFISH closely cooperates are expected to attend the meeting too. This will be the first session of the Governing Council that Hungary will attend as a member following its ratification of the EUROFISH Establishment agreement last year.
The first day of the session will also include information about some of the FAO’s regional initiatives, climate change and microplastics and implications for food safety and trade, the implementation in Lithuania of the “Farmed in the EU” programme, as well as the future of cooperation in the field of aquaculture between countries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. The second day will be devoted to administrative and financial matters.
HC Andersens Blvd 44-46
1553 Copenhagen V

Meeting times:
Thursday, 31 January 2019
Registration: 09.30, start 10.00
Close: 18.00
Friday, 1 February 2019
Start: 10.00
Close: 12.30
Contact: Brit Jensen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +45 333 777 55, for more information.

Hungary ratifies Eurofish Agreement

Eurofish MemberMap HUHungary, one of the first countries (along with Latvia and Estonia) to sign the Eurofish Agreement in 2000, has now ratified it, making Hungary the thirteenth member of the organisation. The other members are Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey. Dated 14 November 2018, the ratification has been confirmed by the FAO, the depositary of the EUROFISH Establishment Agreement.

We are delighted to welcome Hungary to the organisation, said Mauro Colarossi (Italy), the chairperson of the EUROFISH Governing Council. Hungary’s ratification not only strengthens the organisation, but also sends a strong signal to other countries in the region about the value that membership of EUROFISH brings. Aina Afanasjeva, Director of EUROFISH, added that other member countries also stood to gain from Hungary’s reputation for cutting edge research and development within the field of freshwater aquaculture as well as its extensive expertise and international links in this area, and that she looked forward to collaborating with Hungary for the benefit of all EUROFISH member countries. Mr Gábor Klenovics, Director of Fisheries, Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, expressed his satisfaction with the ratification saying that he looked forward to working with EUROFISH and the other member countries to face some of the many challenges threatening the inland fish farming sector.

A landlocked country, Hungary, has historically focused on freshwater fish farming and is today the largest producer of African catfish in the EU and the third-largest (after Poland and the Czech Republic) producer of common carp, the most widely farmed freshwater fish in the EU. Intensive aquaculture systems are widely used to farm African catfish, and farmers are now looking at the potential of recirculation aquaculture systems to produce valuable native predatory species such as European catfish, pike, perch, and pike-perch.

For more information on Hungary's fisheries and aquaculture sector visit the Eurofish country profile on Hungary.

Conference on habitat restoration for inland fisheries

Danube conferenceThe FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Waters and Forests in Romania, EUROFISH, DSTF, IAD, and EIFAAC arranged a conference in Bucharest, Romania on 13-15 November titled Regional Conference on River habitat restoration for inland fisheries in the Danube River basin and adjacent Black Sea areas. The event held sessions on valuing inland fisheries resources, conservation and management, regulatory framework, along with shared country experiences from the region. The event not only attracted participants from the involved countries but also representatives from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine participated. Speakers and presentations are available at the conference website:

Participation at Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo

GlobalFisheryForum2018Eurofish will once again host a Business Platform at Seafood Expo Russia accommodating companies from the Turkish seafood sector as well as representatives of the Turkish administration. Farmed fish from Turkey, primarily seabass, seabream and rainbow trout, is already exported to some 80 countries around the world including Russia, which imports some 10,000 tonnes of fish. Turkish companies consider Russia a market with potential as fish consumption is below average so there is scope for growth. Companies can also offer a wide range of products to Russian importers – fresh, frozen, fillets, smoked, breaded, and highly value-added items. Eurofish will facilitate meetings between Turkish and Russian companies and provide the services necessary for both sides to benefit from the exchange. Turkey is one of Eurofish’s 12 member countries. For more information about the Eurofish Business Platform, contact Aleksandra Petersen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or +45 333 777 63.