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Aina Afanasjeva has passed away

Aina AfanasjevaAina Afanasjeva, Director, EUROFISH International Organisation, passed away on Sunday, 14 March 2021, in Riga, Latvia following a long struggle with illness. Aina, who turned 60 on 10 January this year, is survived by her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

She led the organisation for 12 years steering it through the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis of 2008 with a steady hand and working closely with the EUROFISH Governing Council to ensure the continuation of EUROFISH services to its member countries. Hungary, a country with an important inland aquaculture sector, joined the organisation on her watch, and Aina played a crucial role in expanding the EUROFISH project portfolio with multilaterally and bilaterally funded projects. She had a vast network of colleagues, partners, and friends not only across Europe, but in countries around the world, and the messages of condolence that have been ticking in steadily testify to the deep affection and respect she inspired.

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EUROFISH conducts its first online session of the governing council

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On 4 February 2021 the twentieth session of the EUROFISH Governing Council was held online due to the travel restrictions imposed by countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The session was attended by 36 delegates from 19 countries and was compressed into about six hours. Although it was a shorter session than usual all the important business of the council was concluded, including a review of activities in 2020, the passing of the budget, and the approval of the programme of work for 2021.

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Eurofish to help Enhance the Marine Fishery Industry in Albania – the ALMARS project

AlmarsALMARS is a three-year Erasmus+ capacity building project with a focus on Enhancing the Marine Fishery Industry in Albania. Coordinated by the University of Split, the project responds to the increased demand in skilled personnel in the fishing industry in Albania by opening a professional Master's Program in the field of marine fisheries. ALMARS also addresses the national priorities of enhancing university-enterprise cooperation (thus fostering graduate's employability) and improving the quality of education in Albania by developing graduate platforms in the selected universities, improving educational supply and matching the demand for qualified labour in the Blue Growth sectors.

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