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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.

Eurofish participation in Resolving key fisheries issues through targeted communication

Eurofish will participate in the event  “Resolving key fisheries issues through targeted communication” will take place on Friday, 30 January 2015 at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, starting at 9.00 with a planned introduction by Mr. John Bell, Director, DG Research.  The plenary speakers include:

  • Mr. Bernhard Friess, director of Atlantic, Outermost regions and Arctic, DG MARE. The presentation is entitled: “Future of European fisheries”
  • Mr. Lahsen Ababouch, director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division (FIP), FAO. The presentation is entitled “Future of world fisheries – FAO perspective”
  • Mr. Poul Degnbol, head of the Advisory Programme, ICES. The presentation is entitled: “Transparency in scientific advice and quota setting”

This session will be followed by reports from partners in the ComFish project on the North Sea, Baltic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, describing challenges and lessons to be communicated to stakeholders. Four concurrent afternoon workshops will provide an opportunity to network and brainstorm on frameworks of action for selected fisheries issues.

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.

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