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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."

Romania: Eurofish meeting with National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Aina ANPA2016A delegation from Eurofish, Aina Afanasjeva, Director, Anca Sfetcovici, Head of Project Unit, and Ekaterina Tribilustova, Market Specialist, met with representatives of the Romanian National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (ANPA): Nicolae Dimulescu, President, Ancuta Kazimirovicz, Public Manager, and Constantin Stroe, Counsellor. The meeting was held in connection with the High-level Conference towards Enhanced Cooperation on Black Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture, held in Bucharest on 24-25 October 2016.

The discussion covered a range of topics including the joint organisation of workshops and conferences on trade and markets, B2B meetings, as well as the translation of the new guide to recirculation aquaculture technologies into Romanian. Both sides agreed to deepen Eurofish's cooperation with ANPA and Romanian stakeholders, especially regarding the transfer of knowledge concerning good aquaculture practices. Moreover, the two sides discussed promoting the Romanian fisheries and aquaculture sector and its products at international trade fairs and events as well as through the Eurofish Magazine. Another issue to be discussed in detail was fisheries data collection, which both sides consider highly important.

Lithuanian workshop on aquaculture suggests the way forward

LT AQ Workshop DSC01753Production in the Lithuanian aquaculture sector comes primarily from pond aquaculture. The sales of many domestic fish species have increased due to the growing demand from Lithuanian consumers. In 2015, the volume of traded aquaculture products reached 4,070 tonnes, an increase of 22% compared to the year before. Common carp is the predominant farmed species on the market, although pike, tench, rainbow trout, bream, sturgeon and other species are also cultivated.

A national aquaculture workshop was held at the end of September 2016 in Vilnius to highlight the latest developments in the aquaculture industry, production and trade. Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania and Eurofish International Organisation, the workshop, titled Aquaculture: the way forward, created substantial interest in the aquaculture industry gathering over 60 representatives. Lina Kujalyte, Viceminister of Agriculture and Aina Afanasjeva, Director of Eurofish International Organisation, opened the workshop emphasising the importance of sustainable growth and of products that were competitive on domestic and international markets.

The programme started with updates on the current state, evolution and perspectives of the Lithuanian aquaculture sector by Vytautas Andriuskevicius, National Association of Aquaculture and Fish Products Producers. Speakers from Eurofish International Organisation, Ekaterina Tribilustova and Marco Frederiksen reviewed the European trade in fisheries products, the latest consumer trends, and presented case studies on new aquaculture species from various countries. The nutritional value of aquaculture products was explained by Jogeir Toppe, FAO, who stressed the benefits of freshwater fish for human health.  

Jens Jensen, Akva Group, provided a detailed overview of the prerequisites for successful recirculating systems, based on the experience in various countries, including Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and others. From the Lithuanian side Sigitas Jankauskas presented several interesting cases in the period 1995-2015. The programme of the workshop was finalized with an overview of European Maritime and Fisheries Fund funding opportunities in Lithuania by Loreta Brazinskaite, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania.

In addition to the information provided by the speakers, the workshop facilitated networking activities, discussions, and the exchange of ideas.