Approved Business Programme for the Global Fishery Forum

The business programme of the Global Fishery Forum has been posted on the event’s official website.

The plenary session entitled “A global view of fishing in the World Ocean: cooperation or competition?” will be the key event of the Forum and will be held with participation by Deputy Russian Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Federal Agency for Fishery Director Ilya Shestakov, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment Nicos Kouyialis. In addition, representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) will take part in the discussion as well.

“At present, a number of big countries are experiencing shortages of the resource base. Sovereign rights to bioresource fishery within exclusive economic zones of different states remain inviolable, including managed access by foreign vessels. The major part of the World Ocean is controlled by multilateral international treaties, yet there are also ‘free’ waters. At the same time, the UNO is carrying out activities on global ocean health protection and creation of protected sea areas where industrial fishery is limited. During the meeting we are going to discuss how we can balance the interests of the various parties”, Ilya Shestakov noted.

The core of the Forum business programme includes the following plenary sessions:

“Threats to marine bioresources and biological risk management tools”, where the participants will discuss climate change, the current state of fish resources, development of technologies for water bioresource preservation, as well as the need for effective collaboration between science and business in this sphere.

“Protectionism amidst Globalization of the Fish Industry” implies discussion of imported product safety, critical hazards in the fishing industry and, on the whole, the prospects for global trade in fishery products and seafood.

“Aquaculture: from high-risk investment to stable growthwill raise certain issues of major importance: the state of and development trends in global aquaculture, advanced technologies and industry management. The discussion is to highlight a list of key risks and a set of best practices in this area.

At the panel session “Fishing fleets of the future”, special attention will be drawn to the state and condition of the fishing fleet on a global scale, current trends in the field of renovation of fishing boats and vessels, Russia’s prospects as a future centre of shipbuilding and key innovations for commercial, technological and freezing equipment.

“Non-governmental fisheries certification systems” will include discussion of environmental certification systems and the prospects for development of this institute on a global scale and in Russia.

During the session “Fighting food losses in Russia’s fisheries industry: approaches and practices for reducing food losses”, it is planned to consider the possibilities for upgrading the fish processing industry, introduction of new processing technologies to reduce fish residues, as well as measures to prevent excessive losses of fish products throughout the commodity distribution network.

On the second day of the Forum, a conference “A new development strategy for Russia’s fisheries industry” will be held, at which an updated plan for development of the Russian fishing industry up to 2030 will be presented and discussed.

Such foreign guests as Elizabeth Mans (Minister of Marine Resources and Fisheries of the Republic of Sierra Leone), Orlando Mendes Viegas (Minister of Fisheries of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau), Veng Sakhon (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Cambodia) have already announced their participation in the Forum.

The Global Fishery Forum & International Exhibition for Fishery, Seafood and Knowhow will take place in St Petersburg on 14–16 September at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex.

More information about the business programme of the Forum can be found on the official website