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EM1 18 News Int MinhPhu3The value of Vietnam’s seafood exports reached an all-time high in 2017 and the country is aiming to better this in 2018, reports Seafood Source. The latest data from Vietnam Customs show seafood exports were worth EUR6.8 billion (USD8.3 billion) in 2017, an increase of 18 percent compared with 2016. Vietnams’s vice minister for agriculture, Vu Van Tam said exports in 2018 aim at EUR 7.3 billion, up 8.2 percent from 2017. Shrimp and pangasius are Vietnam’s two major seafood export products. In 2017, the export value of shrimp rose 21 percent year-on-year to EUR3.11 billion, while that of pangasius increased nearly four percent to EUR1.47 billion. Despite the higher rate of inspections recently initiated in the US, imports of Vietnamese seafood were worth EUR1.2 billion. However, the E.U. was the top destination for seafood products from Vietnam in 2017 for the first time. A top priority for Vietnam’s agriculture and the country’s seafood industry will be to get the E.U. to withdraw the so-called “yellow card’, which was imposed by the European Commission in October 2017 in response to the country’s shortcomings in dealing with domestic IUU fishing problems. Since then, Vietnam has taken a series of legislative and administrative measures to counter the problem.

The meeting point for Southern, Eastern European and Mediterranean basin markets is scheduled for 15th and 16th February 2018 in Pordenone (Venice Area) - Italy.

Aquafarm2018The European Environment Agency recent report on 'Food in a green light' ( states it unmistakenly: the European Union must transform its food system to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring sustainable food production systems by 2030 and the European Union's long term sustainability goal of 'living well, within the limits of the planet' by 2050. Concerning aquaculture production, the challenge for all players is to harmonize the European Union goal to rise inside 2030 the aquaculture production in Europe by 41% for freshwater species and 112% for Mediterranean seawater species, compared to 2010 levels.

Italy is one of the primary aquaculture producers of the continent and is actively working on both public and company-funded research to increase product quantity and quality while reducing environmental impacts of aquaculture. Further, Italian companies and trade associations are actively partnering with emerging European and Mediterranean countries’ farmers and industries.

Aquafarm the 2018 edition of conference and trade show, organized by Pordenone Fiere, is scheduled for 15-16 February 2018. The first edition, last January, exceeded expectations with more than one thousand professional operator attending from 25 countries, 82 brands exhibiting, 4 active partnerships with trade associations, both national and international, 15 international conferences with 113 speakers, 12 media partners. More than 80% of the first edition exhibitors had already rebooked on site or within three months after the event.

With these numbers, and the goal of improving on them, AquaFarm is rapidly fulfilling its aim to become a meeting point for researchers, industry leaders, public institutions, policy makers and investors, operating in sustainable aquaculture and related fields of algaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics and aeroponics.

Aquafarm primary sponsors and supporters are industry associations, large and medium fish farmers companies with innovative and sustainable products and processes, and suppliers of fish feed, equipments, drugs and vaccines. The conference agenda will be structured on eighteen thematic sessions, covering all aspects of aquaculture and related fields. Examples include low-and-no-oceanic resources use feeds using new protein and oil sources (this year insects and genetically enhanced Camelina are all the rage); genetics and genomics techniques, including CRISPR; integrated fish culture and vegetables in close-loop controlled environments (aquaponics); the oft overlooked but all-important processing and distribution stages of aquaculture products and many others.

CONFERENCES & NETWORKING: Conference sessions will include the usual balance of speeches and presentations by researchers, fish farmers, suppliers and user communities, such as food industry, packagers, logistics operators, retailers and consumers. The 2018 edition will include a new stream of sessions built in quasi-realtime from the explicit information requests by the attending operators. A supervising scientific committee, including both researchers and farming industry participants will assure the quality of content of the individual speeches as last year. The poster area dedicated to junior researchers and very early stage projects will be enlarged.

ENGAGING WITH THE INDUSTRY: Aquafarm 2018 will feature an international trade exhibition, where Italian and international companies will show case their rates products, services and technologies related to the sectors: fish farmers, suppliers, associations, public institutions, universities and investors. A number of sponsorship and exhibition packages are available tailored to the needs of every kind of participants, from fully-fledged corporate booths to contact desks and poster-like presence. Collective booths for country delegations are also available at special conditions.

Aquafarm 2018 will host international speakers and case histories from Europe and Mediterranean regions in different vertical sessions.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:08

20 Years of Eurofish Magazine

EM celebrates 20 yearsThe 2017 December issue celebrates 20 years of the Eurofish Magazine. This issue looks at fisheries and aquaculture headlines over the last two decades and shows some of the people working behind the scenes.

The issue also features Romania, as the main country profile and contains pieces on Latvia and Russia.
The species section focuses on
Europe’s carp farming and its needs for new marketing ideas. Under the Trade and Markets section we look at the implementation of the new EU-Canada trade agreement and how the deal will effect consumer prices and boost trade.

Click here to read this issue of the Eurofish Magazine.


IIlya Shestakovssues that determine the future of world fishery and aquaculture and, among other things, the balance of interests of the countries in their competition for fishing resources will be discussed at the first Global Fishery Forum to be launched on 14 September in St. Petersburg.

It will be Russia’s first time to host professionals of the global fishing industry and related areas. Ilya Shestakov, Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, spoke about the Forum at his press conference at TASS MIA on 17 August.

“We are talking not only showcasing achievements, and we do have things to show and things to see; we are talking about a communications platform where representatives of the world’s leading fishery countries will meet: members of executive authorities, business communities and sectoral associations”, Shestakov explained the Forum’s concept.

He noted that the fishing industry currently does not have such a platform. “There are events held specifically for businesses, there are events for government agencies, such as The North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers’ Conference; these platforms are arranged by convention region. On the whole, businesses and government officials virtually do not discuss global policies. There is also the UN’s FAO, but it conducts a more socially orientated and state-based dialogue”, Shestakov pointed out.

Plans for the Forum involve discussing the global communities’ key issues in developing fisheries. For instance, ensuring food security while simultaneously preserving the World Ocean’s biodiversity given today’s population and consumption growth. “The increasing competition for natural resources should also be taken into account. We need to find a balance of interests and answers to many global questions. This is why our Plenary session is called ‘A Global View of Fishing in the World Ocean: Cooperation or Competition?’” the head of Russia’s Agency for Fishery said about the Forum’s central event.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev, Norway’s Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg, Cyprus’s Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment Nicos Kouyialis, President of the Japan Fisheries Association Toshiro Shirasu, a representative of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean at FAO (UN), and other speakers will participate in the discussion.

Heads and representatives of sectoral agencies from such countries as the Faroe Islands, Australia, the US, China, Namibia, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone will also attend the Forum event. Delegations from Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Mauritania, Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Iceland and Italy are also expected to attend.

In parallel with the Forum, St. Petersburg will host Seafood Expo, an exhibition of the fish industry, seafood and technologies presenting the products of Russian fishing companies and the capacities of Russia’s wharves and design institutes. Manufacturers of equipment for fish processing and for fishing vessels from around the world will exhibit their solutions. “Cutting-edge equipment and technologies will be in great demand for fulfilling the sectoral tasks of fleet renewal and of developing state-of-the-art fish processing, especially given the decisions on applying investment quotas”, Ilya Shestakov stressed.

German Zverev, President of the Russian National Association of Fisheries, Entrepreneurs, and Exporters (VARPE), member of the Organizing Committee, agreed that the Global Fishery Forum would be a communications platform for the most influential people in the global fishing industry. “In essence, this is the fishing industry’s ‘Davos’, where officials, business people and scientists from around the world will discuss the most topical and interesting trends in the global fishing industry in the same format as the discussions held at the World Economic Forum”, the head of the sectoral association explained.

The Forum’s programme includes a plenary session, six roundtables and a conference[T1] . German Zverev said that seven of the world’s top ten fishery countries and seven top aquaculture countries have already confirmed their participation. The Forum will be attended by members of the top management of FAO and the World Wildlife Foundation, as well as leaders of the iggest international associations.

“If we do the maths, we will see that delegations arriving in St Petersburg in September represent the countries that account for half the global aquatic bioresources capture and for 2/3 of the global aquaculture production”, VARPE’s President emphasised.

Vacancy Announcement

Deadline: 30 May 2017

Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, FAO

People with a background and experience in fish or fisheries biology, ecology, physiology, resource stock assessment or management, aquaculture development, fishing operations or technology, and in the provision of scientific advice to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are encouraged to apply.

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The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation in Poland is teaming up with the Association of Fish Processors, the Sturgeon Producers Organisation, and 12 fish processors and producers to organise a Polish national pavilion at Seafood Expo Global (SEG) in Brussels on April 25-27. This will be the first time Poland will be represented at this event with a national stand. The aim of this initiative, which is supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, is to raise public awareness about Poland’s sustainable fishery and aquaculture products.

In 2016 production in the fish processing sector in Poland reached approximately 0,5 million tonnes valued at EUR 2,3 billion. Polish exports a variety of fish and seafood products, chief among them smoked fish (mainly salmon and trout) and canned fish (herring, mackerel, and sprat). The main destinations for Polish exports are Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Denmark. During SEG, the national pavilion (11-2551) will present the potential of processing plants in Poland and showcase a wide variety of products including frozen, smoked, and canned fish and seafood.

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. 
For more information (mostly in Estonian) please visit:

Novac afumat din Tara Bârsei, a type of Romanian bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), won protected geographical indication (PGI) status from the European Commission in March 2017. The bighead carp is reared in the Barsa region in mountainous central Romania for three years before being harvested. The environmental conditions and the three-year rearing period result in a fish that is lower in fat than the same species cultivated in the lowlands. The fish is processed into fillets which are then smoked employing traditional local salting and smoking techniques using sawdust from beech. The process gives the fillets a golden-yellow to brown lustre, a firm texture, and a smoky flavour. The PGI status is based on the fact that since time immemorial, the people of this region have practiced fishing and fish preservation methods, including hot smoking using beech sawdust. The application for PGI status was driven by Doripesco, a fish farming and processing company that focuses on high quality niche products.

Please 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.

World trade in fish and seafood continues to grow, as global exports reached $148.1 billion in 2014, compared with $110.7 billion just four years earlier, according to the FAO. World population is also growing, and in a few short decades, 3 billion more people will want food to eat. Fish and seafood, produced on a sustainable basis, will provide a large share of that growing food demand. This year’s Brussels show features several seminars with industry and market experts to inform attendees about market growth, environmental and economic sustainability, new technology, and other important issues. 

Tens of thousands of attendees from around the world and thousands of companies mean that the Brussels Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global are vital means to make industry contacts in the enormously complex and important world of seafood production and marketing.

Russia-SEGRussian fishing companies will exhibit at Seafood Expo Global, where the Federal Fishing Agency is organising the Russian national pavilion. The main goal for participation is to establish contacts with the end customers of their products, limit the number of intermediaries, and make the process of delivery, storage and transport of fish and seafood more controlled and transparent.

Among the species that are fished by these companies are cod, haddock, halibut, pollock, red salmon, sea bass, catfish, herring, whiting, squid, scallops, smelt, salmon, pink salmon, sardines, and crabs. Many of these products are also processed into frozen fish, but also into fillets, canned fish, smoked, salted, dried and sun-dried delicacies, fish meal and fish oil.

From its 720 sq. m pavilion the Russian fish and seafood industry will present new and high quality products showing off best production practices, interactive company demonstrations, and information about the Russian fish industry and its plans for development. Visit the Russian pavilion in Hall 11 at Seafood Expo Global on 25-27 April 2017.

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