EM5 21 LV ELectronic catch reportingSelf-consumption fishers to follow suit from 2023

This article was featured in Eurofish Magazine 5 2021

Some new amendments to Latvia’s Fisheries Law entered into force in July 2020. They delegated the issuing of coastal and inland waters fishing licenses to local government authorities. This institutionalised the “one-stop shop” principle, where the documents a fisher needs (including lease agreements for fishing rights and its annual lease protocol indicating fishing limits, as well as the fishing license) can all be obtained from the local government authority rather than from multiple bodies as was the case before.

EM5 21 ALB FisheriesSince 2020 new fishing licences issued in Albania do not add to capacity

This article was featured in Eurofish Magazine 5 2021

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Albanian fishing fleet consists of 720 vessels, based in the four main ports, Durresi, Vlora, Saranda, and Shengjini. About 3% of the fleet is scattered along several landing points on the Albanian coastline. The main species targeted by the fleet are deep-water rose shrimp, European hake, European pilchard, surmullets and European anchovy according to MARD and INSTAT.

EM5 21 RO State SecretaryUpdating electronic systems to combat IUU

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Legislation related to fisheries and aquaculture in Romania is going through a significant change with the existing fisheries law being split into separate laws for fisheries and aquaculture. Farming of fish and seafood in the Black Sea is now receiving official attention and new regulations governing fishing are leading to initiatives that aim to better monitor fisheries. Steering all this and more is Gheorghe Stefan, State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, whose years of experience in the fisheries administration as well as the private sector should stand him in good stead in his current role.

EM4 21 IT OverviewAdverse impact is tempered by positive developments

The most important EU fleet in the Mediterranean has been declining in size for some years. Effort in terms of days at sea has been reduced and catch volumes and values have declined since 2004 with a slight uptick in 2013. The corona pandemic showed the resilience and innovative spirit of the industry as fishers found alternate ways of doing business as the traditional supply chain broke down.

With almost 12,000 vessels (2019) the Italian fleet is still among the largest in the Mediterranean although the number of boats, gross tonnage, and power have declined by 19%, 27% and 23% respectively since 2004. Of the total number of vessels, the small-scale fishing fleet (SSCF), vessels less than 12 m, accounted for just over two thirds while vessels operating with towed gears, demersal trawlers and beam trawlers, constituted 17%. Other fleet segments include dredgers (6%), purse seiners (8%), long liners (2%), passive polyvalent gears (3%) and pelagic trawlers (1%). In terms of gross tonnage the trawling vessels account for almost 60% of the total making it the largest fleet segment by this measure. Purse seiners, vessels that also target bluefin tuna, account for 8% of national tonnage, while other segments contribute 2% to 5% of national tonnage. Italy also has a distant water fleet comprising 9 vessels—8 bottom trawlers and 1 purse seiner.

EM4 21 RS Carp Z MarkovicCarp production in semi-intensive conditions can very significantly

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Cereal grains, pelleted, and extruded feed in semi-intensive common carp production have different impacts on production, meat quality, the pond ecosystem, and profitability.

Common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) is one of the most important species of farmed fish. It is farmed in more than a hundred countries of the world, mainly in earthen ponds. Most of the production is in semi-intensive culture systems. Such production is based on boosted natural food produced in the pond with supplemental feed. Although simple at first appearance, this farming method has a whole range of options: from traditional farming methods based on feeding with cereal grains and other locally available plants to production based on the use of high quality compound feeds. In Europe semi-intensive production based on feeding with cereal grains is still dominant. Although in some countries, such as Serbia, cereals have been largely replaced by compound (extruded) feeds.

Monday, 09 August 2021 08:55

Fish and seafood consumption in Croatia

EM4 21 HR ConsumptionNew study confirms that Croatians are fairly avid eaters of fish and seafood

This article was featured in Eurofish Magazine 4 2021.

The Directorate of Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture conducted an analysis of the consumption of fishery and aquaculture products in the Croatia for the years 2018 and 2019. The aim of the study was to determine the net supply (availability) and per capita (apparent) consumption of fishery and aquaculture products.

Thursday, 03 June 2021 12:24

The Spanish fishing sector in transition

Shellfish are also collected from vessels using a hand-held dredging tool. The dredging is usually done by men, while the women sort the shellfish by size and species.Recognising women’s essential, but often unacknowledged, roles in Spanish fishing and aquaculture

This article was featured in Eurofish Magazine 3 2021.

Fishing is more than taking fish from the ocean or from inland lakes and streams. The simplistic image of men labouring on the sea in the face of nature’s harsh challenges does not portray the complexities of today’s fishing sector. Before and after fish are taken, a large amount of work must be done, on board and ashore, by both men and women.

Donatas Dudutis, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of LithuaniaAs Vice-Minister responsible for fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Dudutis has plenty on his plate. The impact of the pandemic on the sector, the new operational programme for 2021–2027, the ban on cod fishing, and declining quotas for some pelagic species are just a few of the issues he must contend with. If that were not enough, he also needs to persuade the Lithuanian Parliament of the importance of maintaining the small-scale coastal and inland fishing sector, which is under threat from a proposal that could effectively forbid it.

This article was featured in Eurofish Magazine 3 2021.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 12:59

Healthy resources mean happy fishers

EM2 21 HU Balaton Fisheries LakeA Hungarian government owned company is responsible for managing fish stocks in Lake Balaton

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 2 2021.

Hungary’s Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in central Europe with an area of 600 sq. km and a length of 78 km. It is a popular tourist destination not least for anglers because of the recreational fishing opportunities it offers. Commercial fishing on the lake stopped in 2013 and in the rest of the country in 2016.

Lake Balaton is an important destination for tourists and the local population for all kinds of water related activities such as bathing, sailing, and health spas. The lake is also a favoured destination for Hungarian sport fishers who number some 700,000 people (out of a population of 10m). They target a variety of species including perch, asp, catfish, pike, and common carp.

Monday, 29 March 2021 14:20

Creating an opportunity from crisis

EM2 21 DK caters to a variety of tastes in Denmark

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 2 2021.

An entrepreneur established a fish processing and sales company intending to export his production. The spread of the coronavirus forced a hasty change of plans as markets shut down, so today he promotes his products on social media and sells directly to Danish consumers from his webshop.

The corona pandemic has left its mark on the seafood sector particularly the segments dealing with fresh products, not least by closing down restaurants, hotels, and catering establishments. Trends in retail are more mixed as supermarkets, at least in Europe, have remained fully stocked and consumers have continued shopping for food. According to the FAO, on the supply side there has been a contraction as vessels stay in port and crews at home following restrictions on travelling and gathering, measures that have also affected processing facilities.

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