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Better data, consumer information, would support aquaculture development in the Mediterranean

2014TurkeyAvailability of data on production, and information about development of trade, markets and consumer trends are essential to plan the Mediterranean and Black Sea aquaculture industry and its sustainable long-term development. There are currently a number of regional and global aquaculture datasets such as FAO FishStat, GFCM SIPAM and EUMOFA which serve different purposes. However, while the available data can be used to assess past trends, it does not enable the prediction of the future, something that both the industry and governments need.

FISH InfoNetwork directors discuss possible joint activities

2014FINmeetingDirectors of the FISH InfoNetwork centres (FAO Globefish, Infofish, Infopesca, Infosamak, Infoyu, Infopeche, and Eurofish) had a meeting in Vigo in October to discuss issues of joint interest. The meeting was held in the backdrop of the shrimp conference in Vigo organised by FAO and Conxemar.

Turkey: Discussions on current challenges and opportunities for the region

IstanbulOn 6 November 2014, Aina Afanasjeva, Director, and Ekaterina Tribilustova, Market specialist, of Eurofish International Organisation visited the Headquarters of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Business Council in Istanbul, Turkey to meet Mammad Zulfugarov, Secretary General. This was the occasion to identify and discuss opportunities for future collaboration in the Black Sea region.
The fruitful discussions held have highlighted the need for enhanced institutional cooperation to face current challenges and opportunities and draw positive benefits for the region. In this respect, initiatives such as business oriented trade and marketing initiatives carried out jointly were identified as first priority moving towards institutional cooperation and continues dialogue between Eurofish and BSEC Business Council which will catalyze the process of public-private partnership in the region.

Denmark: Armenian delegation studies recirculation systems

armenia-delegartionA delegation from Armenia visited Denmark in the last week of June 2014. The meeting was organised by the Danish AgriFish Agency of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark under the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) programme managed by the European Commission. The delegation comprised Mr Tigran Aleksanyan, Head of the Fishery and Beekeeping Division, and Mr. Samvel Sahakyan, Head of the Land Use Department, in the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture. The two ministry officials were accompanied by Arthur Atoyan, President of the Union of Fish Farmers of Armenia who represents the interests of Armenian aquaculturists. 

On June 27, the delegation visited Eurofish International Organisation to discuss opportunities for future collaboration, including through the Central Asia Regional Programme for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Central Asian and Caucasus Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (CacFish). The current co-operation with Eurofish has enabled Armenian experts to participate in international and regional seminars organised by Eurofish and FAO, which provided an opportunity to develop networks at the regional level and to increase awareness of international expertise and best practices. The Armenian aquaculture sector was also featured in the EUROFISH Magazine creating awareness about the sector and promoting it worldwide.  

Turkish National Workshop

Turkey-Izmir-WorkshopThe Turkish National Workshop “Tendencies in aquaculture value chain” was held at the Trade Fairs Center of Izmir in Turkey on June 6, 2014. The workshop was organized by Eurofish International Organisation in cooperation with the Turkeish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock during the 7th International Fair Future Fish Eurasia. The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants consisting of stakeholders belonging to the production and sales sector of Turkey, the aquaculture industry, representatives of the government along with veterinary inspectors and researchers.

The programme of the one-day workshop was divided into three sessions: “Farm management and technology development”, “State aid and import requirements” and “Trade and markets”. The topics of the presentations included “Best aquaculture management practices”, “Technological developments in fish farming in open seas”, “Health management in marine finfish production”, ”EU import requirements”, “State aid in aquaculture sector”, “Certification schemes in aquaculture” and “Markets for farmed fish products”.

The aquaculture sector has been identified as a rising star in the Turkish economy with considerable potential to provide a healthy boost to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, and at present Turkey is actually playing the leading role in the Mediterranean production. Therefore, the Turkish aquaculture sector is hoping to achieve growth through sustainability and high quality in production. The workshop aimed at transferring technical information and legal updates to help producers to facilitate procedure of exporting fish products to the EU market, and to create exchange of information between producers, sellers and regional and national authorities.

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