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Fisheries and aquaculture around the Baltic Sea

Eurofish has published a booklet containing statistical data from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors of the countries around the Baltic Sea.  The sector makes an important contribution to the economy in all the Baltic Sea countries particularly in remote coastal areas, where it is often the only source of livelihoods. The Baltic Sea with its range of salinities and temperatures is home to several different species both marine and freshwater, which is reflected in the catches of the different countries. Despite these differences, countries in the Baltic Sea region have a tradition of cooperation in various fora that are involved in fisheries management. This has contributed to healthier stocks and stable or increasing quotas for many species. The booklet contains an overview of the countries, TACs and quotas, catches, aquaculture, processing, and trade data. It was created with the support from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia as current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and was distributed at the informal meeting of Directors-General and attachés for fisheries held in Jurmala, Latvia on 27-28 April. Read the publication below:

Eurofish met Russia's Federal Agency for Fishery to discuss areas of collaboration

EF-RusAina Afanasjeva and Ekaterina Tribilustova from Eurofish, held a meeting with Ilya Vasilievich Shestakov, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery. Potential areas of cooperation between the agency and Eurofish were discussed as well as medium-term opportunities collaborating not only with the authorities in Russia, but also with Russian industry. These could, for example, be conducting studies of European markets that are of interest to Russian exporters, or organising B2B meetings, workshops or seminars on specific mutually agreed topics. The potential of Russian research institutes could also be used more effectively for implementing joint activities in, for example, the area of aquaculture, a strategically important sector.

The 14th Session of the Eurofish Governing Council took place on 22-23 January 2015 at EUROFISH Headquarters

GC2015The Governing Council 2015 brought together representatives from the EUROFISH member countries, observers from institutions (FAO, GFCM, and others) and from countries interested in the activities of the organisation. At the meeting the organisation’s activities over the past year (2014) were reviewed and the programme of work for 2015 was approved. EUROFISH activities include dissemination of information through print and electronic media (the EUROFISH Magazine, other publications, and the websites); the organisation of events such as conferences and workshops; and participation in bilateral or multilateral-funded projects. Formal discussions on the first day of the meeting were followed by a presentation on the prospects for fisheries and aquaculture in 2030. In a nutshell, demand for fish and seafood is expected to rise, along with trade and consumption, and to successfully meet this demand it will be necessary to effectively manage global resources. Participants also heard about the FAO Blue Growth Initiative, which emphasises cooperation and coordination among all stakeholders to promote the sustainable use of aquatic renewable resources. Finally, there was also a presentation on trends in the trade in seafood products, which disclosed that the expected growth in EU economies will have a positive influence on the European seafood market.The second day of the session was devoted to administrative and financial matters.

Eurofish participation in Resolving key fisheries issues through targeted communication

Eurofish will participate in the event  “Resolving key fisheries issues through targeted communication” will take place on Friday, 30 January 2015 at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, starting at 9.00 with a planned introduction by Mr. John Bell, Director, DG Research.  The plenary speakers include:

  • Mr. Bernhard Friess, director of Atlantic, Outermost regions and Arctic, DG MARE. The presentation is entitled: “Future of European fisheries”
  • Mr. Lahsen Ababouch, director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division (FIP), FAO. The presentation is entitled “Future of world fisheries – FAO perspective”
  • Mr. Poul Degnbol, head of the Advisory Programme, ICES. The presentation is entitled: “Transparency in scientific advice and quota setting”

This session will be followed by reports from partners in the ComFish project on the North Sea, Baltic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, describing challenges and lessons to be communicated to stakeholders. Four concurrent afternoon workshops will provide an opportunity to network and brainstorm on frameworks of action for selected fisheries issues.

Regional Aquaculture Conference

Bari-aqua-groupAquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region has grown significantly in recent years, providing important sources of healthy and nutritious seafood and meeting the rising demand for fishery products while fostering economic growth. However, the sector is characterised by varying levels and stages of development, as well as by greatly differing features among the different countries. For several years, aquaculture actors and stakeholders in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have been calling upon governments to commit to ensuring coordinated and sustainable aquaculture development, and the organisation of a regional event has long been on the agenda of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

On 9-11 December 2014, the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, jointly with the GFCM, FAO, the European Commission and several partner organisations (i.e. CIHEAM, Eurofish International Organisation) organized the Regional Aquaculture Conference "Blue Growth in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: developing sustainable aquaculture for food security". 

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