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Friday, 03 December 2021 14:55

Denmark: Calling fishing vessel designers

EM1 22 FISH DPPO DFA logosThe Danish Fishermen PO and the Danish Pelagic PO are sponsoring a competition to develop the trawler of the future. The vessel must be powered with a carbon neutral source of energy and should be capable of fishing effectively while conforming to Danish capacity regulations. The design should offer a workable solution for the fishery and provide the basis for a prototype vessel. Participants in the contest must present a design or drawings in one of the following three categories:

  • Trawler for the consumer fishery under 24 m
  • Trawler for the consumer fishery over 24 m
  • Trawler for the industrial fishery

The prize for the winning design is DKK 75,000.

Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 31 December 2021. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges comprising representatives from the ship building industry, research, and fisheries organisations, and will be announced in spring 2022.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 15:16

North Atlantic Seafood Forum goes digital

NASFSharing insights on business, innovation, market initiatives, and sustainability

This article was featured in Eurofish Magazine 5 2021

More than 1500 delegates from the seafood industry attended the North Atlantic Seafood Forum held 8–10 June. The 16th edition of the conference, convened in Bergen, Norway, hosted presentations by more than 160 speakers from 16 countries. Presentations by scientists, industry experts, policy-makers, and CEOs from the global aquatic food industry (wild-caught and aquaculture) addressed common industry challenges, including consumer and market developments, seafood supply, sustainability, innovation, and finance, among other topics.

bannerEUROFISH and FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Division are organising a webinar “Realizing the potential of geographical indications to advance sustainable seafood value chains" on 3 November 2021 from 8.30-16.00.

The webinar will present a global overview of existing seafood Geographical Indications (GI), and will examine selected case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. For more information visit the event website http://eurofish.dk/GI-webinar

ef fao webinarEurofish and the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia are organizing a series of three webinars that will brief participants on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Albania and Armenia, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine. The three events will be held on consecutive Wednesdays, 22 and 29 September, and 6 October. Each webinar will cover two countries: Albania and Armenia; Ukraine and Montenegro; Georgia and Serbia. The events will include presentations from the fisheries and aquaculture administration in each country as well as from a representative from the industry, the aim being to foster partnerships between the private sector and other stakeholders involved in strategic decision making to improve the business environment. The webinar series aim to create a briefing, discussion, and networking forum for stakeholder representatives from the above-mentioned countries while offering information on the fisheries and aquaculture sector in country. The webinars offer a way to exchange experiences, success stories, ideas, and challenges specific to the industries, including those from the Covid-19 pandemic, and to promote national and regional trade and investment opportunities. Attendance is open and those interested can sign up at www.eurofish.dk/ef-fao-webinars.

Right fitEurofish, the non-profit international organisation behind the Eurofish Magazine, is looking for a Director to take over a dynamic organisation, currently consisting of 13 member countries. More details are available on the Eurofish organisation website.

Brexit webinarEurofish organised a webinar on Brexit, and what it means for European seafood traders on June 24. Presentations and the webinar video are now availabel at eurofish.dk/webinar-brexit

Monday, 26 April 2021 14:06

INFOFISH Tuna 2021 to be held online

News EV Tuna DSC3520The INFOFISH tuna conference is one of the biggest international events for the global tuna industry. Held every two years the event brings together representatives from the industry, researchers, NGOs, fisheries management bodies, and other stakeholders to discuss developments in the sector and outline the direction it will take in the future. The pandemic forced the postponement by a year of the 2020 event as borders closed and lockdowns went into effect. In 2021, taking into account the prevailing uncertainty with regard to international travel, the organisers of the event have decided to take it online. Tuna 2021 World Tuna Conference and Exhibition will take place virtually 19-21 May and will include the conference as well an exhibition where companies can showcase their products and services using an interactive online platform.

The conference theme, The global tuna industry: Trailblazing through tough times, will address a range of topics of relevance to the global and regional tuna industries including e-commerce and logistics; processing and packaging technology; e-monitoring and surveillance; and sustainability and social accountability. The industry faces trends such as the growing popularity of plant-based alternatives and consumer concerns about fish stocks that promise to have a significant impact on the seafood market in time. Last year, for example, a multinational consumer goods manufacturer launched a plant-based alternative to tuna. The three-day event is divided into six sessions. A session on the impact of the pandemic and of trade wars will be followed by others on sustainability and social accountability, on retail, e-commerce, and logistics, and on technology. The last day will be dedicated to sustainable resource management and certification. Sessions will be moderated and will conclude with speakers fielding questions from the audience.

INFOFISH has gathered vast experience holding online events over the past fourteen months and together with its partners has customised the event programme and content to suit the virtual format. Participants can register at tuna2021.vfairs.com and regular updates will be posted on infofish.org.

FAO2021 bannerFAO has launched an online public consultation in order to collect comments and views on a draft guidance document on seafood traceability. The guidance analyses and documents the interrelation of traceability along the value chain based on country-specific traceability mechanisms that are often essential for verifying and corroborating submitted data. It focuses on Key Data Elements (KDEs) and Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) as salient collection points of traceability systems.

EM2 21 News Int JabukaThe Jabuka pit, an area of some 3,000 square km located in the Adriatic between Italian Pescara and Croatian Split, is an important spawning ground for hake and Norway lobster. For years, however, it has been a favoured area for commercial fishers targeting these two species, reports Euronews. Studies conducted under the AdriaMed project showed that the bottom trawls used also caught large numbers of juveniles and undersized hake. Between 2011 and 2014 prohibitions on fishing in the most vulnerable areas were largely ignored. Finally, in 2017 the GFCM adopted an EU proposal to establish a fishing restricted area (FRA) covering at least 2,700 sq. km in the Jabuka Pit, which came into force in 2018. Under the proposal the area is divided into three zones with different degrees of restrictions. The restrictions are enforced by fisheries inspectors who conduct routine checks on trawlers fishing in the small area where they are permitted to operate. Inspections can include measuring random samples from the caught, checking logbooks, and the vessel’s papers. Vessels are also tracked from land using vessel monitoring systems and from the air using drones. The data from all these sources can be combined electronically by a system which will then issue a warning if anything is amiss.

EM2 21 News Costal MapThe new EMODnet Geology shoreline-migration map, freely accessible from the EMODnet Geology portal (emodnet-geology.eu), allows policy makers, together with national and regional coastal managers, to determine large-scale coastal behaviour and identify areas of rapid change. It is based on field measurements and aerial photography and covers time periods up to decades. The map is particularly valuable for cliffs, which are prevalent along European coastlines, particularly since state-of-the-art satellite-monitoring methods are not yet suitable for imaging erosion of non-sandy types of coastline. This important data product allows users to visualise pan-European coastal behaviour at different spatial scales. A built-in search and zoom functionality enables online users to distinguish areas of landward migration (erosion or submergence), stability, and seaward migration (accretion or emergence). The underlying downloadable dataset offers additional information on measured or derived annual migration rates. The map also provides the public with useful insights into one of Europe’s most obvious climate-change effects: loss of land through coastal erosion. Most importantly, field and satellite data can now be compared on a pan-European scale, highlighting common spatial patterns as well as prominent discrepancies that require further work to optimise and align the respective methodologies.

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