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Lithuanian workshop on aquaculture suggests the way forward


Production in the Lithuanian aquaculture sector comes primarily from pond aquaculture. The sales of many domestic fish species have increased due to the growing demand from Lithuanian consumers. In 2015, the volume of traded aquaculture products reached 4,070 tonnes, an increase of 22% compared to the year before. Common carp is the predominant farmed species on the market, although pike, tench, rainbow trout, bream, sturgeon and other species are also cultivated.

A national aquaculture workshop was held at the end of September 2016 in Vilnius to highlight the latest developments in the aquaculture industry, production and trade. Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania and Eurofish International Organisation, the workshop, titled Aquaculture – the way forward, created substantial interest in the aquaculture industry gathering over 60 representatives. Lina Kujalyte, Viceminister of Agriculture and Aina Afanasjeva, Director of Eurofish International Organisation, opened the workshop emphasising the importance of sustainable growth and of products that were competitive on domestic and international markets.

Unleashing the cooperation potential between Georgia and EUROFISH

2016-GeorgiaLevan Davitashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, met with Aina Afanasjeva, Director of EUROFISH International Organisation, in August 2016. At the meeting both sides expressed a willingness to strengthen cooperation in the area of aquaculture and fisheries.

Mr Davitashvili gave a detailed account of the current situation in the sector stressing Georgian priorities for the sector’s further development, which include better utilisation of the existing potential of water resources to increase local aquaculture production. He also noted that the Georgian Government has identified agriculture (including aquaculture) as a priority sector in the year 2017. This involves devising and implementing various activities aimed at developing the sector.

Eurofish has fruitful meeting with Polish counterpart

Aina-PolandAs of January 2016 a new ministry, the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, is responsible for the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Poland. Aina Afanasjeva, Director of Eurofish, and Behnan Thomas, editor of Eurofish Magazine, met Janusz Wrona, the newly appointed director of the Fisheries Department and his team to discuss the most recent developments and future plans for the Polish fisheries and aquaculture sector. Among the issues discussed were the role and importance of the Baltfish regional forum which Poland led from July 2015 to June 2016. The insufficient availability of cod in the Baltic sea was one of the issues that Poland prioritised during its presidency and will continue to focus on in the months to come. The sustainability of fisheries in the Baltic is a priority for Poland, but the director noted that increasing costs for certification were making it difficult for fishing companies to invest in having fisheries assessed to sustainable standards.

EUROFISH and Albanian ministry share a stand at SEG

Aina-PanaritiSeafood Expo Global (SEG), the world’s biggest and most international seafood event, showcased the latest from seafood processors, equipment manufacturers, and service providers. In other words, SEG is a one-stop shop for anybody directly or indirectly involved with the seafood sector.

EUROFISH International Organisation had a stand at the show together with more than 1,700 exhibiting companies from over 75 countries. EUROFISH is a key player for its 12 member countries in the safeguarding of their fisheries industry’s positive image through its flagship publication EUROFISH Magazine. EUROFISH engages in active information and promotion work and cooperates closely with media, various partner organisations, the fisheries industry and its member states authorities. Several bilateral meetings were held during the three days laying a solid foundation for EUROFISH’s future activities for the benefits of the members.

Romania: Funding under EMFF has commenced

Romania has officially commenced funding under the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) until 2020. On 21 April in Tulcea, the launch of the Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Operational Programme 2014-2020 took place at an event organised by the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Tulcea City Council. It was attended by government officials, including the head of the Management Authority, as well as potential beneficiaries and local authorities. The EMFF supports fishermen in the transition towards sustainable fishing, helps coastal communities to diversify their economies, and finances projects that create jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts.

Under the Romanian programme, the EU will spend more than €168 million to increase production in aquaculture and processing, preserve biodiversity and ensure environmental protection, and to maintain and create jobs, particularly in the fishing sector.

An overview of Romania's Operational Programme is available.

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