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Germany: 15th edition of fish international

2016-FishIntOne of Europe’s most important seafood trade shows, fish international, took place in Bremen on 14-16 February 2016.  This biennial event, organized by Messe Bremen, attracted 11,700 visitors, and this year a record 270 exhibitors participated from 22 countries.

Every area of the seafood sector was represented at the show, from production and processing, retail distribution, transportation and packaging, to financial services and aquaculture technology. Germany is a significant European consumer as well as producer of seafood, and the show brought German buyers and producers together with leading European suppliers, importers and distributors.

Eurofish Member Countries were represented by 53 companies coming from Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and Turkey to showcase their products at fish international. Turkey had a national pavilion organised by Turkish Seafood Promotion Committee, while Spain had two pavilions organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Xunta de Galicia (Galicia’s regional government). Eurofish International Organisation traditionally has had a booth at the show.

Bremen: International Aquaculture Workshop brings together participants from all over Europe

2016 BremenThe aquaculture sector is by far the fastest growing segment of the food industry and the interest in its products has been on the rise over the past several years. To meet the demands of the sector, Messe Bremen launched the International Aquaculture Workshop which was focused on land-based aquaculture and took place on 15-16 February 2016 within the framework of the fish international trade show in Bremen.

Fifteenth session of the Eurofish Governing Council concludes

EM1 16 News Int GC DSC 0034NEW lowThe Eurofish Governing Council meeting, the annual event to review the organisation’s activities in the past months and approve the programme of work and budget for the coming year, concluded at the end of January. The Governing Council is made up of Eurofish member countries’ (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey) representatives, who are typically from their respective ministries of agriculture, rural affairs or environment. This year also saw observers from the embassies of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Russia, Slovenia, and Ukraine, while Georgia sent, in addition, a two-person delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture in Tbilisi. The FAO, as a close partner and in fact the body responsible for establishing Eurofish’s predecessor organisation, was also represented, along with the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia. The meeting this year was chaired by Ms Lauresha Grezda, Director of Fisheries in the Albanian Ministry for Agriculture, Rural Administration and Water Development.

Presentations on trade, consumption, and FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative

Fifteenth session of the Eurofish Governing Council

GC-IMG 4770Eurofish holds the 15th session of its annual Governing Council on 28 and 29 January. The event will bring together representatives from the Eurofish member countries (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey) to discuss the annual report on the organisation’s activities in 2015 and the planned work programme for 2016. Representatives, who are typically from their respective ministries of agriculture, will be joined by observers from a number of embassies. Eurofish invites the observers to inform them about the organisation and the benefits it offers to its members, as well as to identify and discuss potential areas of cooperation. The FAO and the FAO sub-regional office headquartered in Ankara, with whom Eurofish has a close relationship, will both be represented at the meeting. The first day of the Governing Council will also feature presentations on the European fish trade, and fish and seafood consumption patterns.  Another presentation, by the FAO representative, will discuss the contribution of the Fish Info Network (of which Eurofish is a member) to the FAO’s Blue Growth strategy. The second day of the meeting will be devoted to routine administrative and financial matters.

Seasons greetings from Eurofish

Xmas-2015As the year draws to a close Eurofish extends to all its partners the best wishes for the season.

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