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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". 

Better data, consumer information, would support aquaculture development in the Mediterranean

2014TurkeyAvailability of data on production, and information about development of trade, markets and consumer trends are essential to plan the Mediterranean and Black Sea aquaculture industry and its sustainable long-term development. There are currently a number of regional and global aquaculture datasets such as FAO FishStat, GFCM SIPAM and EUMOFA which serve different purposes. However, while the available data can be used to assess past trends, it does not enable the prediction of the future, something that both the industry and governments need.

FISH InfoNetwork directors discuss possible joint activities

2014FINmeetingDirectors of the FISH InfoNetwork centres (FAO Globefish, Infofish, Infopesca, Infosamak, Infoyu, Infopeche, and Eurofish) had a meeting in Vigo in October to discuss issues of joint interest. The meeting was held in the backdrop of the shrimp conference in Vigo organised by FAO and Conxemar.

Turkey: Discussions on current challenges and opportunities for the region

IstanbulOn 6 November 2014, Aina Afanasjeva, Director, and Ekaterina Tribilustova, Market specialist, of Eurofish International Organisation visited the Headquarters of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Business Council in Istanbul, Turkey to meet Mammad Zulfugarov, Secretary General. This was the occasion to identify and discuss opportunities for future collaboration in the Black Sea region.
The fruitful discussions held have highlighted the need for enhanced institutional cooperation to face current challenges and opportunities and draw positive benefits for the region. In this respect, initiatives such as business oriented trade and marketing initiatives carried out jointly were identified as first priority moving towards institutional cooperation and continues dialogue between Eurofish and BSEC Business Council which will catalyze the process of public-private partnership in the region.

Denmark: Armenian delegation studies recirculation systems

armenia-delegartionA delegation from Armenia visited Denmark in the last week of June 2014. The meeting was organised by the Danish AgriFish Agency of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark under the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) programme managed by the European Commission. The delegation comprised Mr Tigran Aleksanyan, Head of the Fishery and Beekeeping Division, and Mr. Samvel Sahakyan, Head of the Land Use Department, in the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture. The two ministry officials were accompanied by Arthur Atoyan, President of the Union of Fish Farmers of Armenia who represents the interests of Armenian aquaculturists. 

On June 27, the delegation visited Eurofish International Organisation to discuss opportunities for future collaboration, including through the Central Asia Regional Programme for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Central Asian and Caucasus Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (CacFish). The current co-operation with Eurofish has enabled Armenian experts to participate in international and regional seminars organised by Eurofish and FAO, which provided an opportunity to develop networks at the regional level and to increase awareness of international expertise and best practices. The Armenian aquaculture sector was also featured in the EUROFISH Magazine creating awareness about the sector and promoting it worldwide.  

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