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Regional workshop in Armenia focused on reduction of barriers, improved trade facilitation and market access to the European market

Armenia-workshopA three-day regional workshop “The WTO, market access and fisheries trade issues” was held in Yerevan on 16-18 June 2015. The workshop was organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Eurofish International Organisation and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia.  

The Republic of Armenia and Eurofish strengthen cooperation

Aina-MinisterAina Afanasjeva, Director of Eurofish International Organisation had a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture of Armenia Sergo Karapetyan on June 15, 2015. The purpose of the meeting was preparatory discussions of the three-day seminar “WTO, market access and fisheries trade issues”, jointly organized by the FAO, Eurofish International Organization, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Armenia.

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.

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