Eurofish News

Hungary ratifies Eurofish Agreement

Eurofish MemberMap HUHungary, one of the first countries (along with Latvia and Estonia) to sign the Eurofish Agreement in 2000, has now ratified it, making Hungary the thirteenth member of the organisation. The other members are Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey. Dated 14 November 2018, the ratification has been confirmed by the FAO, the depositary of the EUROFISH Establishment Agreement.

We are delighted to welcome Hungary to the organisation, said Mauro Colarossi (Italy), the chairperson of the EUROFISH Governing Council. Hungary’s ratification not only strengthens the organisation, but also sends a strong signal to other countries in the region about the value that membership of EUROFISH brings. Aina Afanasjeva, Director of EUROFISH, added that other member countries also stood to gain from Hungary’s reputation for cutting edge research and development within the field of freshwater aquaculture as well as its extensive expertise and international links in this area, and that she looked forward to collaborating with Hungary for the benefit of all EUROFISH member countries. Mr Gábor Klenovics, Director of Fisheries, Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, expressed his satisfaction with the ratification saying that he looked forward to working with EUROFISH and the other member countries to face some of the many challenges threatening the inland fish farming sector.

A landlocked country, Hungary, has historically focused on freshwater fish farming and is today the largest producer of African catfish in the EU and the third-largest (after Poland and the Czech Republic) producer of common carp, the most widely farmed freshwater fish in the EU. Intensive aquaculture systems are widely used to farm African catfish, and farmers are now looking at the potential of recirculation aquaculture systems to produce valuable native predatory species such as European catfish, pike, perch, and pike-perch.

For more information on Hungary's fisheries and aquaculture sector visit the Eurofish country profile on Hungary.

Conference on habitat restoration for inland fisheries

Danube conferenceThe FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Waters and Forests in Romania, EUROFISH, DSTF, IAD, and EIFAAC arranged a conference in Bucharest, Romania on 13-15 November titled Regional Conference on River habitat restoration for inland fisheries in the Danube River basin and adjacent Black Sea areas. The event held sessions on valuing inland fisheries resources, conservation and management, regulatory framework, along with shared country experiences from the region. The event not only attracted participants from the involved countries but also representatives from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine participated. Speakers and presentations are available at the conference website:

Participation at Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo

GlobalFisheryForum2018Eurofish will once again host a Business Platform at Seafood Expo Russia accommodating companies from the Turkish seafood sector as well as representatives of the Turkish administration. Farmed fish from Turkey, primarily seabass, seabream and rainbow trout, is already exported to some 80 countries around the world including Russia, which imports some 10,000 tonnes of fish. Turkish companies consider Russia a market with potential as fish consumption is below average so there is scope for growth. Companies can also offer a wide range of products to Russian importers – fresh, frozen, fillets, smoked, breaded, and highly value-added items. Eurofish will facilitate meetings between Turkish and Russian companies and provide the services necessary for both sides to benefit from the exchange. Turkey is one of Eurofish’s 12 member countries. For more information about the Eurofish Business Platform, contact Aleksandra Petersen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or +45 333 777 63.

Serbia: Fish trade workshop concludes with several recommendations

SerbiaImproving food safety standards to access export markets as well as devising and adopting national plans for fisheries and aquaculture were among the conclusions of a workshop organised by Eurofish, FAO, and the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Management in Belgrade on 19 to 21 June. Titled WTO, Market Access and Fish Trade, the workshop was addressed at government officials and the private sector in Central and Eastern European countries, the Balkans, and the Caucasus and was intended as a step towards more inclusive, efficient, and sustainable production and trade.

In addition to a number of technical presentations by representatives from the FAO, WTO, Eurofish, UNCTAD, and DG MARE the meeting featured country presentations from 10 countries in the region. These described the legal framework, fisheries and aquaculture production, trade, among other aspects and many also included a SWOT analysis of the sector. The workshop concluded with a breakout session for the country representatives that was led by Victoria Chomo, Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Here, the SWOT analyses were condensed into a series of recommendations which the representatives can take back to their governments for action.

The October edition of the Eurofish Magazine will feature a detailed review of the workshop.