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Albania: Identification of indicators for sustainable fish farming

Albania-indicators-meetingThe General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, FAO (AdriaMed Project), the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources of Albania, and Eurofish organised a workshop on the identification and use of indicators for sustainable aquaculture in Albania. The meeting was held 28-30 October 2015 in Vlore, Albania and was attended by 40 participants representing local aquaculture companies, the administration, and scientific organisations. Eurofish presented the main aspects of the market and trade flows of aquaculture products in the Mediterranean region.

Seminar: New developments and innovation in fisheries and aquaculture

IMG 5783 cropped reducedOn 26 October Eurofish and the Romanian Embassy in Copenhagen jointly hosted an open seminar to discuss developments in European fisheries and aquaculture and to highlight the importance of the sector in Europe in general and in Romania in particular. 

The workshop opened with Mr Viorel Ardeleanu, Ambassador of Romania, and Ms Aina Afanasjeva, Director of Eurofish welcoming the attendees, who included ambassadors and other senior staff from several embassies, representatives from international advisory bodies, associations, and research organisations.

FAO opens the path to create an international network for women in the seafood industry

WomenA roundtable discussions took place in Vigo, Spain on 7 October 2015 in conjunction with the CONXEMAR exhibition. It aimed at showcasing the experiences of national and regional networks and obtaining information and ideas from industry experts to shape this network.

Aina Afanasjeva, Director of Eurofish International Organisation was one of the panelists. She said that “Although in Europe the gender gap is narrower than in other regions, much still remains to be done.” She believes that maintaining a work/private life balance is one of the hardest challenges for many women and we need to work toward a mixed gender seafood industry.” She also said that women have to be adaptable and flexible to continuous changes in the internationally oriented industry, and women can successfully fill in the gap and need for more qualified people, including female managers.

The initiative to create an international network was welcomed by the participants. Marie-Christine Monfort, an author of the FAO report “The role of women in the seafood sector”, published in May 2015 was happy with the possibility to bring this important issue to the attention of the wider audience and stressed that our future is in students hands, thus encouraging them to play an active role.

Audun Lem, Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO sees clear benefits bringing further this issue and facilitating the creation of the network for the benefit of the industry.

Spanish seafood sector to focus on quality and added value of products

spanish congressThe fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Spain need to focus on innovations throughout all stages of the production chain and adapt fishery products to consumer demands, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, said at the IV Congress of quality in seafood products held in Madrid on 9 July 2015. The congress was co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and EUROFISH International Organisation.

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.  

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