Eurofish is an international organisation established to assist the development of fisheries and aquaculture in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on post-harvest fisheries and aquaculture industries. Eurofish contributes to the development of fisheries and aquaculture sector through the publication of marketing and industry related information in the Eurofish Magazine, Eurofish website, Eurofish Magazine website, as well as through the organization of conferences, workshops and seminars, business – to – business meetings and by executing a variety of projects in the fields of trade and market,, processing and aquaculture. Eurofish has an in-depth knowledge about the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Europe and neighbouring countries and an extensive network in this region.
The key objectives of Eurofish are to:
• Contribute to the sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector;
• Promote trade of high quality, value-added fishery products;
• Facilitate the transfer of information and knowledge.
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The members of Eurofish are:
Part of the FISH INFOnetwork
Eurofish is part of a global network - the FISH INFOnetwork (FIN). The network is coordinated by FAO GLOBEFISH in Rome and the members of FIN are: INFOFISH (Asia and the Pacific), INFOPECHE (West Africa), INFOSA (South Africa), INFOSAMAK (Arab countries), INFOPESCA (Latin America) and INFOYOU (China). The FISH INFOnetwork provides the respective regions with updated information on the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Click here for more.
History of Eurofish
It was originally launched in 1996 as the EASTFISH project of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. A Conference of Plenipotentiaries was held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 23 May 2000, when the Agreement on establishing the International Organisation for the Development of Fisheries in Eastern and Central Europe (EUROFISH) was adopted.
In 2002 Eurofish was established as non-profit intergovernmental organisation when five founding countries – Denmark, Albania, Latvia, Norway and Romania signed the Agreement or deposited an instrument of ratification or accession with the Depositary of the Agreement – Director-General of FAO. The Agreement was registered with the Secretariat of the United Nations on 15 May 2002.
The Eurofish headquarter is located in Copenhagen, following a host agreement with Denmark.
Eurofish is governed by a Council composed of all member countries. Each member country is represented by one delegate who may be assisted by technical experts. The Governing Council holds its regular sessions annually and elects its Chairperson for two consecutive sessions. Chairperson of the Governing Council for 2014 and 2015 is Mr Leszek Pilka, Head of Market and Fish Processing Unit , Fisheries Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Poland.