Eurofish News

International event discusses future of Baltic Sea fisheries

2017 BS futureThe first International Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum was held in Pärnu, Estonia on 4 April. Organised by the Estonian Association of Fishery and the Fisheries Information Centre of the University of Tartu the forum gathered representatives from Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Finland and Russia. The focus of the forum was to discuss the development perspectives of the Estonian fisheries sector and other Baltic Sea fish industries for the next decade. The programme started with updates on the current state, evolution and perspectives of the Estonian fisheries sector presented by Olavi Petron, Deputy Secretary General for Fisheries Policy and Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Rural Affairs. Experts from Latvia, Germany, Finland and Russia shared their experiences in product and value chain development. EUROFISH contributed to the forum presenting the outlook for the global seafood sector. Valdur Noormägi, Head of the Estonian Association of Fishery in his speech highlighted the need to add maximum value to the Baltic Sea fish resources, focus more on product development and on the expansion of markets.
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Visit Eurofish, Albanian, and Romanian companies in Hall 7-1416 at Seafood Expo Global 2017

2017 EF at SEGPlease join Eurofish at the world’s largest seafood trade show, Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global, which takes place in Brussels on April 25-27, 2017. This year’s show celebrates 25 vibrant years and includes an amazing 1,600 exhibiting companies from 80 different countries from around the world. Every aspect of seafood production and marketing will be covered, including fresh, frozen, processed and packaged fish and seafood of every sort, processing and packaging equipment, and industry service providers in freight-forwarding, logistics, insurance, and more.

At this year’s show, Eurofish will share the booth with Albanian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration and Ro-Pescador Association from Romania. Several other Eurofish member countries will host national pavilions, including Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Spain and Turkey. Attendees at the show will learn about the industries, markets, products, and growth opportunities for trade and investment in these countries.

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New website

new has a new look as part of an upgrade that ensures the website is functional on mobile devices and tablets. At the same time, we have focused on making the most popular pages, our member country profiles, more easily accessible with additional information on the respective fisheries and aquaculture sectors. 

Eurofish's Work Programme for 2017 approved by the Governing Council

GC2017Eurofish held the 16th session of its annual Governing Council on 26 and 27 January 2017. The event brought together representatives from the Eurofish member countries (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey) along with many observers from a number of embassies and partner organisations to discuss and approve the organisation's activities in 2016 and the planned work programme for 2017. The FAO, with whom Eurofish has a close relationship, was represented by Victoria Chomo from FAO headquarters in Rome and Eva Kovacs from FAO REU in Budapest.

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Romania hosts high level fisheries and aquaculture conference

2016 Int Bucharest ConfThe high-level conference Towards Enhanced Cooperation on Black Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture consisted of an expert session with several panels, one of which was on aquaculture. It included experts from many of the countries in the region as well as the GFCM, European Commission and Eurofish, and the discussions established that sustainable development and growth depends on identifying suitable areas for farming fish and seafood, more research and better dissemination of knowledge on markets and trends, less red tape, and greater use of technology.

The event also considered the main challenges and future strategies for the Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture by high-level representatives from the riparian countries, international, and regional organisations. All the riparian countries, as well as other important actors in the region, recognised that regional cooperation and synergies were essential for solving the many challenges in the sector including developing sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, combating illegal practices, and mitigating threats to the marine environment.

2016 Int Bucharest Conf2Achim Irimescu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania, said that "it was vital to strike a balance between immediate economic interests and the protection of marine fisheries resources in the Black Sea," while Nicolae Dimulescu, President of the National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture of Romania commented that the road was being paved towards "a clean sea for happy fishers."