GC2016Eurofish announces its annual Governing Council

Eurofish holds the 16th session of its annual Governing Council on 26 and 27 January 2017. 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 organisation’s activities in 2016 and the planned work programme for 2017. Representatives, who are typically from their respective ministries of agriculture, will be joined by observers from a number of embassies and partner organisations. 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, with whom Eurofish has a close relationship, will be represented at the annual session and will discuss the new services Globefish offers, and opportunities for the Fish Info Network (of which Eurofish is a member). The first day of the Governing Council will also feature presentations on trends in consumption of fisheries and aquaculture products in European countries as well as on the development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region. The second day of the session will be devoted to routine administrative and financial matters.

More details will be made available in January 2017.


Romania hosts high level fisheries and aquaculture conference


The 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.


Romania: Eurofish meeting with National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture


A 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.


Lithuanian workshop on aquaculture suggests the way forward


Production 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.


Unleashing the cooperation potential between Georgia and EUROFISH

2016-GeorgiaLevan Davitashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, met with Aina Afanasjeva, Director of EUROFISH International Organisation, in August 2016. At the meeting both sides expressed a willingness to strengthen cooperation in the area of aquaculture and fisheries.

Mr Davitashvili gave a detailed account of the current situation in the sector stressing Georgian priorities for the sector’s further development, which include better utilisation of the existing potential of water resources to increase local aquaculture production. He also noted that the Georgian Government has identified agriculture (including aquaculture) as a priority sector in the year 2017. This involves devising and implementing various activities aimed at developing the sector.