Eurofish News

Eurofish held its annual Governing Council on 1 and 2 February

GC groupEurofish held the 17th session of its annual Governing Council on 1 and 2 February 2018. The event brought together representatives from the Eurofish member countries (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey) along with observers from a number of embassies and partner countries and organisations to discuss the organisation's activities in 2017 and approve the budget and the draft work programme for 2018. Presentation were given by Alvise Bragadin from Cogea on an introduction to EUMOFA, Victoria Chomo from FAO (REU) on FAO objectives and regional initiatives for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Ekaterina Tribilustova from Eurofish on innovative solutions, new products, and consumer attitude to new fish products.

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Madrid conference on value addition opened with session on innovation

Regional Conference on Value AdditionAdding value to a product is a way, among others, of expanding the market, distinguishing the product from its competitors, and charging a higher price. Adding value can, for example, transform a block of frozen fish into a refined product with a unit price for higher than that of the original block. However, value adding also applies to relatively simple procedures, such as grading and icing the fish when it arrives on board a fishing vessel, that can give the fisherman a higher price for his catch. Processing in this way is desirable for the opportunities it offers to increase the value of the raw material and thereby increase incomes.

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Croatia: Recommendations from carp conference to improve the future of freshwater fish farmers

Carp Conference2017Globally, carps dominate freshwater farmed finfish production, whereas in the EU they form less than a third. European producers are trying to find ways of promoting the nutritional, environmental, social, and cultural values of carp farming in Europe. The International Carp Conference, an event launched by fish farmers’ associations from Central and Eastern Europe six years ago, was hosted this year by the Croatian Chamber of Economy in Zagreb on September 21-22. More than 150 carp farmers from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Serbia met to share their experiences and to identify solutions to common problems at this fourth edition of the event.

Debates were focused on production and market data and trends, consumer perception analyses, improvements in traditional farming systems, as well as on the impact of climate change on carp production. Eurofish’s Ekaterina Tribilustova gave a presentation on consumer perception of farmed fish in Croatia, while other presentations covered Poland, Romania and Hungary’s use of the EMFF to support carp farming; and the economic losses caused to pond farming by protected fish-eating birds (such as cormorants).

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Eurofish Business Platform facilitates the presence of Turkish delegation at St Petersburg event

2017 St PetersburgExpanding international markets for Turkish farmed fish

As one of the services to its member countries, Eurofish International Organisation occasionally facilitates the participation of delegations at trade fairs around Europe. The Global Seafood Forum and Seafood Expo held in St. Petersburg, Russia on 14-16 September 2017 and organized by Expo Solutions Group together with Roscongress was a good opportunity to bring a delegation of officials and traders from Turkey to Russia. It gave the participants an opportunity both to explore the Russian seafood market and to introduce their products and services.

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