Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the III Global Fishery Forum and International Exhibition of Fish Industry, Seafood and Technology!
Representatives of the key fishing nations, international organizations, fishing companies and enterprises of related industries, scholars and experts will meet on 10–11 July 2019 in St. Petersburg to discuss the most pressing problems of the global fish market and related economic and social issues. It is gratifying that the Forum and Exhibition have already become a traditional event. This year, in response to requests from participants, we are holding the event in the summer, before the salmon fishing hot season begins.
This, the third Forum will be devoted to the urgent problem of use of the World Ocean. Rapid climate change, technological developments, the fast growing population of the Earth, economic turmoil and lack of resources make many people vulnerable, destroying their traditional perceptions of the world and the place they occupy. This is particularly evident in traditional occupations, which include fishing. One can safely say that fishing today is an indicator of our relationship with nature.
We will discuss how to ensure harmonious and sustainable development and a balanced relationship between participants in the complex chain related to use of the World Ocean’s bioresources. The Forum will consider all aspects of the industry’s economic and social development. Fisheries, which provide direct and indirect employment for 120 million people all over the world, are a powerful factor in developing territories, helping solve the problem of employment and public welfare.
We will look at the situation from the consumers’ side as well, examine the current changes in the fish market economy and the growing influence of digital technologies. This is a serious challenge and the industry must be prepared for profound changes at all levels. We expect to improve the quality and speed of catch forecasting, minimize the risks involved in the decisions taken, increase the efficiency of production and processing of aquatic bioresources, limit the share of IUU fishing, and introduce new digital services for consumers of the industry’s products and services all along the chain, from catch to buyer.
The growing needs of the global market compel us to seek ways to resolve this problem in the Arctic and Antarctic seas. High air and sea temperatures, ice cover, lack of a developed infrastructure and, at the same time, the fragility of the polar ecosystems make the task a difficult one, though feasible if tackled by the joint efforts of many countries. New prospects are opening up opportunities for developing deep-water and other previously inaccessible resources. So, there is an increasing demand to maintain the best collaboration practices at the level of regional fishery management organizations and, at the same time, to strengthen the role of long-term scientific forecasting and risk assessment in fisheries and aquaculture.
For the first time, the Forum will feature a panel session ’New Faces of Fishery Science. New Ideas. New Solutions’, where the winners of the scientific project contest among young fishing industry scientists will be presented. We hope that support from the professional community will inspire them and increase their motivation to develop ways to resolve the problems faced by the industry today.
We expect that the rich programme of the Forum and Exhibition will contribute to an open discussion of the industry’s problems and opportunities, the search for mutually beneficial solutions and simply convenient and productive communication between professionals.
On behalf of the Federal Agency for Fisheries, I invite you to take part in the III Global Fishery Forum and Exhibition of Fish Industry, Seafood and Technology.
See you soon in St. Petersburg!
Welcome to the III International Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo!
The fish industry is a crucial one in Russia’s economy and it holds strategic importance for ensuring the country’s food security. The government is progressively implementing support measures for business, creating conditions for long-term planning and developing production of bioresources, aquaculture, and processing, and the fishing industry in general. Updating of the scientific framework, renewal of fishing surveys and modernisation of the fleet are an ongoing process.
This systemic work is bearing fruit. In 2018, Russian fishermen produced over 5 million tonnes of bioresources, a record in the last 25 years. The Russian Federation is the world’s fourth-biggest commercial fishing nation, accounting for over 5% of the world catch.
Currently, the fishing industry is facing another ambitious task: increasing fish and seafood exports to USD 8 billion over the next five years. I am confident that this goal will be achieved by renovating production facilities, building new plants and state-of-the-art vessels.
The Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo is the principal sectoral venue for discussing the trends and areas of the industry’s development. Each year, these events enjoy greater confidence and popularity among the global professional community. I am certain that, this year, the Forum and Expo will be held at its traditionally high standard.
I wish all Forum and Expo participants fruitful work that will open up new horizons!