The first webinar featured Azerbaijan and was opened by Altug Atalay, Director of Fisheries in the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Mr Vugar Kerimov, Deputy Minister from the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. The webinar was moderated by Haydar Fersoy, Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer of FAO. The webinar provided insights into some of the opportunities that Azerbaijan has to offer. There is huge scope for development of the aquaculture sector, but lack of legislation, statistics, and knowledge about the sector makes development difficult. Several suggestions and recommendations came forth in the online discussions including the Turkish ministry’s off er to share their legislation on the sector with Azerbaijan. A Turkish company, Sahlanlar, suggested the Azerbaijani government should introduce incentives to help foreign investors succeed. The next webinar will feature Kazakhstan.
Webinar series on State of Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Briefing in Central Asia and Caucasus kicks off with Azerbaijan
FAO and the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry organised the first serial webinars as part of the Capacity Development for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Management in Central Asia (FISHCap) project. The web-based seminars will be organised on a monthly basis, and cover Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The series of webinars aims to provide a brief update of the state of fisheries and aquaculture in the countries and will offer a forum for discussions and networking by stakeholders.