I would like to welcome the participants and guests of the 2nd Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo.
Business people, public officials and experts from many countries have gathered here, in St Petersburg, for the second time to discuss the pressing issues on the industry’s agenda. These include rational utilization of marine resources, promoting sustainable fishing and ensuring global food security. We in Russia prioritize these issues. A large-scale programme of fishery production capacity upgrades is under way and modern fish-processing factories and vessels are being built.
Importantly, your discussions and roundtables are complemented by a meaningful expo, offering insights into how leading Russian and international fishing and processing companies operate and into technical and technological innovations. This approach helps demonstrate the capabilities of potential partners and facilitates a more open and substantial conversation, so it is clearly conducive to emergence of joint initiatives and projects for developing collaboration and business cooperation.
I wish you every success and all the best.
Dear Forum Guests and Participants,
The main theme of our ‘Global fishing activities: 2050’ meeting, on the one hand, sounds very futuristic, but, on the other hand, forces us to contemplate and recognize the vast extent of responsibility that mankind has for the resources of the World Ocean. Will the sustainable use of these resources and the development of new technologies make it possible to feed the planet’s growing population, while at the same time maintaining an abundant biosphere and not crossing the line of scientific progress, when nanotechnology becomes the basis of food production?
For the last several decades, we have seen a rapid increase in protein intake. Over the past half a century, fish consumption around the world has increased by more than 3 percent – a rate that is twice as fast as the growth in the world’s population.
Against this backdrop, we have seen significant stagnation in the global natural fish catch. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, total commercial fishing around the globe had output of roughly 90 million tonnes in 2016, while global fish reached an all-time high of more than 170 million tonnes. As we can see, the development of aquaculture, or artificially grown fish, accounts for almost half of the volume.Resources that are subject to overfishing are of particular concern in this regard. A third of the sea’s fish stocks are being utilized to the max at biologically unstable levels and the conditions of the marine fishery base are deteriorating. But these stocks can definitely be restored. Our common goal is to join efforts and ensure the balanced regulation of the fishing industry together.
Russia is one of the few fishing nations that is increasing its fish catch, including through the development of promising fishing facilities. Our country is currently implementing a large-scale programme to renovate the fishing industry’s production base, modernize fish processing, and build a modern fishing fleet.
The ocean has significant stocks of species that have yet to be explored and have potential for development. There are fishing areas that have yet to be discovered. And new technologies are essential here. They will help us to effectively utilize resources, while at the same time preserving the natural balance and returning to the ‘source code’ of the ocean’s ecosystem.
I hope that the Forum will enable us to take a step forward in creating a harmonious as well as a viable model for future global fisheries and that international cooperation in the sustainable use of the ocean’s resources will enter a new stage of development. I hope that all the Forum participants are able to engage in a productive dialogue and come up with fresh ideas and interesting solutions!
Dear Participants, Organizers and Guests,
Welcome to the 2nd Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo Russia 2018!
One of Russia’s most important industries, fisheries, are of strategic importance for ensuring our nation’s food security. With more than 5% of global output, the Russian Federation ranks 4th internationally in terms of industrial fishing. The expected catch this year – some 5 million tonnes – will smash a 25-year-old record.
The Russian state is systematically pursuing a policy of supporting socially responsible and transparent business, while creating an environment for long-term planning and development of bio resource production, aquaculture, processing and the fisheries infrastructure in general. There is an ongoing process of updating the scientific foundations, resuming fishing exploration, fleet renewal and building modern vessels.
Development of international cooperation in the area of fisheries remains a priority. Even as they compete increasingly for marine bio resources, the leading fishing nations have to join efforts to resolve systemic issues. It is imperative not to allow overexploitation of global ocean resources while preserving a balance of the interests of all countries.The Global Fishery Forum is a key trade venue for discussing industry trends and ways to achieve global goals. This is the second time Russia has played host to fisheries professionals, enabling them to engage in an open dialogue, make new contacts and establish fruitful cooperation with one another.
I wish all participants in the 2nd Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo Russia productive work and opening of new horizons!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the official website of the 2nd Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo Russia!
Following last year’s successful inauguration Forum, this year’s event will be on an even bigger scale and its topics for discussion even bolder. Representatives of leading fishing powers, international organizations, fishing and related companies, as well as the scientific and expert communities, will meet on 13–15 September in St. Petersburg to engage in an open dialogue on the most urgent tasks and challenges facing the industry.
We are planning to focus on a question that is giving pause to the whole world right now: what to expect for the global fish market in the coming decades. As the climate changes, demand for food grows, information technology develops at breakneck speed and economic globalization spreads, competition in the fisheries sector is intensifying and fish and seafood retail is undergoing a transformation.
The Earth’s population is projected to increase to 9.3 billion by 2050. Even now, humankind is starting to experience a lack of resources, including marine bio resources, which are distributed very unevenly. The ‘Global fishing activities 2050: resources, markets, technologies’ plenary session will be dedicated to the outlook for international cooperation, fishery science capabilities and industry risks. We will need to discuss whether existing agreements and international fishery organizations are capable of staving off impending global food security tensions and to evaluate opportunities for global long-term forecasting. With the global catch of marine bio resources having stabilized at 95 million tonnes, the questions remains of how stocks and opportunities for using them will change by 2050.Discussions at the Forum will go beyond the resource base to cover global fishery market trends. The global demand for food is projected to rise by 50% between now and 2050 as the population grows. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the consumption structure will also change and the food market will become more globalised.
All of this underscores the growing importance of information sharing and of communication between producers and consumers. That is why we propose to discuss the long-term trends prevailing on the consumer market, new communications and marketing tools, and the outlook for the global industry infrastructure. The role of technology development for aqua culture and fish processing, including cutting waste from fish production, as well as for fish product storage and transportation, simply cannot be overestimated. Those matters will be given special attention on the margins of our sessions.
In a first for the Forum, there will be a scientific conference on industrial fishing of cross-border stocks to which leading Russian and international scholars have been invited.
Discussion of business tasks will continue at the Seafood Expo Russia, which will take place in St. Petersburg concurrently with the Forum and will be even bigger and more exciting this year.
We hope the busy programmes of the Forum and the Expo will facilitate open discussion of global risks and opportunities for growth of our industry and the search for mutually beneficial solutions, and simply create a comfortable environment for networking among professionals.
On behalf of the Federal Agency for Fishery, I invite you to take part in the 2nd Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo Russia.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Russia’s Northern Capital!
To the participants, organizers and guests
of the Global Fishery Forum 2018
I am truly happy to welcome the participants, organizers and guests of the Global Fishery Forum to St. Petersburg!
This is the second time our city has been the venue for discussing global fishery market development trends and for proposing solutions to make efficient use of and preserve world ocean stocks.
St. Petersburg is one of Russia’s major economic hubs and the birthplace of our nation’s shipbuilding. Our region has been actively involved in the large-scale process of fishing fleet renewal. We are capitalizing on the expertise of our international partners in this important endeavour. I trust that the Forum will promote strengthening of international cooperation in the fisheries industry, regulation of fishing and development of competition.
I wish you productive work, great discussions, successful implementation of new projects and the best of impressions of our beautiful city!