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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.

Germany: 15th edition of fish international

2016-FishIntOne of Europe’s most important seafood trade shows, fish international, took place in Bremen on 14-16 February 2016.  This biennial event, organized by Messe Bremen, attracted 11,700 visitors, and this year a record 270 exhibitors participated from 22 countries.

Every area of the seafood sector was represented at the show, from production and processing, retail distribution, transportation and packaging, to financial services and aquaculture technology. Germany is a significant European consumer as well as producer of seafood, and the show brought German buyers and producers together with leading European suppliers, importers and distributors.

Eurofish Member Countries were represented by 53 companies coming from Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and Turkey to showcase their products at fish international. Turkey had a national pavilion organised by Turkish Seafood Promotion Committee, while Spain had two pavilions organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Xunta de Galicia (Galicia’s regional government). Eurofish International Organisation traditionally has had a booth at the show.

Bremen: International Aquaculture Workshop brings together participants from all over Europe

2016 BremenThe aquaculture sector is by far the fastest growing segment of the food industry and the interest in its products has been on the rise over the past several years. To meet the demands of the sector, Messe Bremen launched the International Aquaculture Workshop which was focused on land-based aquaculture and took place on 15-16 February 2016 within the framework of the fish international trade show in Bremen.

Fifteenth session of the Eurofish Governing Council concludes

EM1 16 News Int GC DSC 0034NEW lowThe Eurofish Governing Council meeting, the annual event to review the organisation’s activities in the past months and approve the programme of work and budget for the coming year, concluded at the end of January. The Governing Council is made up of Eurofish member countries’ (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey) representatives, who are typically from their respective ministries of agriculture, rural affairs or environment. This year also saw observers from the embassies of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Russia, Slovenia, and Ukraine, while Georgia sent, in addition, a two-person delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture in Tbilisi. The FAO, as a close partner and in fact the body responsible for establishing Eurofish’s predecessor organisation, was also represented, along with the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia. The meeting this year was chaired by Ms Lauresha Grezda, Director of Fisheries in the Albanian Ministry for Agriculture, Rural Administration and Water Development.

Presentations on trade, consumption, and FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative

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