Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo
Representatives of the world’s largest fisheries and food organizations confirmed their participation in the Second Global Fishery Forum. In 2018, the Forum’s topic is ‘Global Fishing Activities 2050: resources, markets, technologies’. An extensive discussion of issues in international cooperation in long-term planning and management of fish resources is planned for the Forum.
“Given the integration of Russian fisheries in global fishing, collaboration with foreign partners and international fisheries organizations is of great significance. Currently, over 800 thousand tonnes of aquatic bioresources are harvested in exclusive economic zones of foreign states, in convention areas, and in the open waters of the World Ocean; it is essentially a quarter of the entire Russian catch,” said Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation – Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery.
Many issues that are important for the sector are within the purview of international fisheries organizations in charge of fishing in individual regions or of harvesting specific resources. Representatives of the key international organizations will assemble at the GFF 2018 to consider topical problems in the fishing industry: Fred Kingston, Executive Secretary, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO); Jacques Verborgh, President of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC); Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES); Suam Kim, President of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC); Jóannes Hansen, President of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO); Ali Gucu, Coordinator of the BlackSeaFishProject of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation – Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, held a press conference in Moscow where he announced the extended business program of the 2nd Global Fishery Forum. The head of the Federal Agency for Fishery dwelled on the matters of preparing for the Forum and on the key topic of the upcoming event: “Global fishing activities 2050”; he also spoke about the achievements of Russia’s current fishery sector.
“After the first successful Forum held last year, we are scaling the event up and our discussion topics are becoming even more daring. We will discuss whether it is possible for the current agreements and international fishery organizations to prevent the impending tensions in the global food security; we will also focus on the possibilities of long-term forecasting,” Mr. Shestakov said.
The Forum’s business programme for 13 September opens with an international conference on ‘Issues in commercial straddling stocks fishing activities’. World level experts and scientists will discuss how to make optimum use of the straddling fish stocks without detriment to populations, will come up with new proposals for sustaining fish diversity and organizing sustainable fishing.
14 September will see the Forum’s key event: the plenary session ‘Global fishing activities 2050: resources, markets, technologies’. The participants will include Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Gordeyev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Prime Minister and Fisheries Minister of the Faroe Islands Høgni Hoydal, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department Árni Mathiesen, General Secretary of the ICES Anne Christine Brusendorff and RAS Vice President Andrei Adrianov.
Visitors from Scandinavia will attend the 2nd Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo. Per Sandberg, Minister of Fisheries of the Kingdom of Norway, Høgni Hoydal, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands, and Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland to the Russian Federation, have already confirmed their participation.
At the Seafood Expo, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, and Icelandic companies will present their achievements in shipbuilding and ship repairs, equipment manufacture and technologies for processing water resources, designing and developing fishing equipment. The Expo will feature such major companies as Intech International (Denmark), Wartsila (Finland), Seac (Sweden), Hampidjan (Iceland), Marel (Iceland), Eurofish International Organization (Denmark), Knarr Group (Iceland), and several Norwegian companies: Optimar, AmofFjell, Havyard, Rolls-Roys Marine AS, Fiskerstrand, Teknotherm, Mustad, SeonicsAS, Rapp Marine AS/Triplex Group, Scana Propulsion, Marin Teknikk, and Egersund Tral.
“Russia and Scandinavia are connected not only by their geographical proximity but also by their long-term cooperation in fishery, which is traditionally an important sector for these states. I am confident that the experience and industrial technologies of our Norwegian, Faroese, and Icelandic colleagues will be interesting for the Forum and Expo’s guests and participants”, said Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation – Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery.
Russia’s cooperation with North European countries involves joint management of straddling fish stocks in the Northern Basin and in the Atlantic, exchange of scientific and technical information, joint applied scientific and educational conferences and symposia, measures to counteract IUU fishing, allocation of quotas in the states’ exclusive economic zones. To handle these and other issues, bilateral and multilateral intergovernmental treaties have been concluded.
The Joint Russian-Norwegian Fishery Commission, Joint Russia-Icelandic Fisheries Commission, Joint Russian-Faroese Fishery Commission, Russia-Greenland Consultations on Mutual Fisheries Relationships, and several other intergovernmental and regional organizations are the principal instruments for implementing these agreements.
The Second Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo will be held in St Petersburg on 13–15 September at the Expoforum Congress and Exhibition Centre. It is being organized by the Federal Agency for Fishery. The Roscongress Foundation is the Forum’s operator.
The Forum’s official website: www.fishexpoforum.com
Fishery enterprises will present united national booths for the first time at the Seafood Expo during the second Global Fishery Forum in September 2018. Companies from Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Turkey, Iran, Morocco, and Mauritius, among other countries, are expected to display their expositions in this format, marking a three-and-a-half fold increase in the number of foreign organizations represented at the Expo compared with last year.
Fishery, fish-breeding, and processing companies, shipbuilding enterprises, manufacturers of equipment and related materials, and traders will make up the main pool of participants at the Expo. They will present the most advanced fish processing equipment as well as shipbuilding components, technologies, and services.
Issues related to the promotion of fish and seafood are expected to generate special attention. The Expo will include a tasting programme, while enterprises from different regions will present their fish products, including new brands and stock keeping units.
More than 300 companies are expected to take part in the event. In addition, the exhibition area will increase this year and cover an area of 13,000 square metres, a 60% increase from last year.
The Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo will be held on 13–15 September in St. Petersburg at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Official website of the Global Fishery Forum: www.fishexpoforum.com.
Official website of the Seafood Expo: http://rusfishexpo.com/