The first ever Global Fishery Forum has drawn to a close in St. Petersburg. The event was a unique discussion platform for representatives of business, fishery organisation and authorities represented by heads of fishery departments from all over the world.
The Forum drew particular interest not only among Russian fishery industry professionals, but also foreign guests. In all, over 1,600 guests took part in the Forum, almost half being foreign experts, heads and representatives of fishery departments from all over the world. The Global Fishery Forum hosted 19 foreign delegations, including from Australia, Brazil, Guinea Bissau, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, the Faroe Islands, Germany, Iran, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Namibia, Norway, Sierra Leone and the USA. More than 100 Russian and foreign journalists covered the event.
The high-ranking foreign guests of the Forum included Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of Iceland Katrín Gunnarsdóttir Thorgerður, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority James Findlay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Faroe Islands Poul Johan Sandberg Michelsen, Vice-President and Secretary General of Chinese Overseas Fisheries Association Huang Baoshan, Minister of Fisheries of the Kingdom of Norway Per Sandberg, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Cambodia Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Morocco Aziz Akhannouch, Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Republic of Chile Pablo Berazaluce Maturana, President of Japan Fisheries Association Toshiro Shirasu, and Executive Secretary of the UN FAO General Fisheries Commission in the Mediterranean Abdellah Srour.
“The Global Fishery Forum is a new and promising dialogue platform for the industry. Of particular importance is the interest shown by foreign experts in the event and their wish to discuss the industry’s pressing issues with the Russian side”, noted Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov.
The Forum’s business programme consisted of a plenary session, conferences and seven panel sessions, during which the participants discussed in maximum detail and with maximum effect the pressing issues for today’s fishing industry.
The plenary session of the Forum ‘A global view of fishing in the World Ocean: cooperation or competition?’ was attended by Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Russia, Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery Ilya Shestakov, Executive Secretary of the UN FAO General Fisheries Commission in the Mediterranean Abdellah Srour, as well as leaders of industry departments of five fishery powers: Norway, Morocco, Chile, Japan and China.
The session participants discussed the global issues of co-operation and competition in the World Ocean against the background of the growing population and increasing shortage of bioresources.
The main event of the Global Fishery Forum business programme was the conference ‘A New Development Strategy for Russia’s Fisheries Industry’, in which Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich took part. Together with the head of Rosrybolovstvo and representatives of the professional and scientific community, he discussed a new development strategy for Russia’s fisheries industry up to 2030.
‘The Government of the Russian Federation will provide broader support for exports of the fish products of Russian producers, and will maintain the current budget support for the industry. Exports from the given industry are a vital component of the entire sector. We will increase support for your exports’, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich stated at the conference.
Industry experts and members of official delegations also discussed the urgent topics of today’s fishery industry at seven panel sessions: ‘Coastal fish-processing complexes: from projects to implementation’, ‘Aquaculture: from high-risk investment to stable growth’, ‘Threats to marine bioresources and biological risk management tools’, ‘Globalization and the Fishing Industry: Trends, Risks, and Opportunities’, ‘Fishing fleets of the future’, consisting of two parts, ‘Non-governmental fisheries certification systems’ and ‘Fighting food losses in Russia’s fisheries industry: approaches and practices for reducing food losses’.
Apart from Russian and foreign fishing industry representatives, the Global Fishery Forum was also attended by staff of public organisations and unions, scientists and public officials from relevant departments.
The Exhibition will be open to the general public on 16 September: everyone who wishes may get to know about the activities of the Russian and foreign fishery industry leaders and taste various manufacturers’ products. The major foreign exhibitors include AS Optimar (Norway), Baader Group (USA), AS Optimar KAPP (Iceland), Damen Shipyard Group (Netherlands), DSI Carsoe (Denmark) and others.
The Global Fishery Forum & International Exhibition for Fishery, Seafood and Knowhow are held in St. Petersburg from 14 through 16 September 2017.
Official Forum website: www.fishexpoforum.com.
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