Opinions

EM2 21 GP KennA voice for Denmark’s fishermen

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 2 2021.

Danish fisheries contributed some DKK14bn (EUR1.8bn) in 2018 to the nation’s GDP. The sector is an important source of export earnings as well as of livelihoods in coastal communities. The Danish Fishermen Producer Organisation (DFPO) is the national organisation representing the fisheries sector through some 32 local associations across the country. Vessels of all kinds, both large and small, and using different gears, are part of the organisation, whose main objective is to safeguard its members interests. This includes shaping fishery policies, providing advice to the members, and promoting the sale of fish to consumers. Danish fisheries face some headwinds at the moment as it digests the implications of Brexit, suffers from the pandemic-induced loss of the international food service market, and comes to terms with the evaporation of cod quotas in the eastern Baltic. Kenn Skau Fischer, managing director of the organisation since 2019, discusses some of these challenges.

EM1 21 GP R Larsen NSCThe Norwegian Seafood Council celebrates its 50th anniversary

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 1 / 2021.

The Norwegian Seafood Council is the highly successful trade promotion body for the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture industries. Owned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, the council is a public company with a mandate to increase the value of Norwegian seafood in a responsible manner. Renate Larsen, managing director of the council, discusses here the organisation’s response to the pandemic, its recent achievements, and future challenges.

EM6 20 Marie Christine Montfort WSIRedressing a persistent imbalance

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 6 / 2020.

Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating the gender discrimination that is widespread in the seafood sector. Globally, one in two workers in the seafood industry is female, but they dominate the lower echelons of the sector and are woefully underrepresented at the top. Marie Christine Monfort, executive director of WSI together with Christelle Vigot, the president, and Benjamin Cavalli, the secretary, argue here for the importance of a gender equal industry. The three form the executive committee of WSI and, with their different backgrounds, represent a broad vision and understanding of the fisheries and aquaculture industry from a gender equality perspective. Broadly, their organisation raises awareness of gender inequality issues, advocates to reduce discrimination, and seeks to inspire changes in the sector.

 

EM5 2020 VassalloSharing knowledge to benefit oceans and their users

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 5 / 2020.

The International Ocean Institute strives for the conservation of marine resources within the broader goal of promoting peace in the oceans. Through education, training, and capacity building the institute supports the creation of a cadre of enlightened professionals in particular in developing countries who share its beliefs and contribute to fulfilling its mission. Antonella Vassallo, the managing director, speaks here about the institute, its purpose, and the role it plays in ocean governance. More information is available at the institute’s website, www.ioinst.org.

EM4 20 LaszloNACCEE encourages young professionals’ participation

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 4 / 2020.

Dr Laszlo Varadi has been involved in the freshwater aquaculture sector for a lifetime. Retiring as director of HAKI, the Hungarian Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture, though still attached as an International Advisor, he is today the President of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central-Eastern Europe (NACCEE) and also works at the Department of Public Policy and Management at Corvinus University in Budapest. He shares here some of his opinions about the sector and its future.

HAKI, an institution that you led for many years, plays a key role in the development of Hungarian aquaculture by research into aquaculture, fish biology, and aquatic ecology. Could you envisage HAKI diversifying into other fields of research further down the value chain?

EM3 20 Maja Markovcic KostelacEMSA strengthens Europe’s competitiveness, sustainable growth, and the blue economy

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 3 2020.

The European Maritime Safety Agency is the body responsible for maritime safety and the prevention of pollution by ships in European Union waters. To achieve its goals, and to maximise synergies, the agency cooperates with a variety of European and international organisations. The Agency recently released its five-year strategy for 2020-2024, the implementation of which will fall to Maja Markovcic Kostelac, the head of the Agency since January 2019 and former State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, who describes here some of her priorities and visions for the organisation.

EM 2 20 BarangeReducing overall stress boosts resilience to climate change

This article featured in EUROFISH Magazine 2 2020.

Currently Director of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division and Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter (UK), Dr Manuel Barange is an ecologist and fisheries scientist interested in researching climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, their resources, and their implications for human society. Here he makes an eloquent case for management measures as the best way to limit the impacts of climate change and achieve sustainable fisheries.

EM1 20 Martyn BoyersThe Grimsby Fish Market, one of the most important fish markets in the UK, trades mainly in cod and haddock (two of the most consumed species in the UK) that arrives primarily from Iceland and Norway. Grimsby and its surroundings have a well-established processing industry which is a magnet for fishermen and fish traders. Martyn Boyers, the Chief Executive of the Grimsby Fish Market, explains the role of the market and the auction in the UK fish trade and outlines his vision for the future of the enterprise.

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