Forum programme

  • September 13
  • September 14
  • September 15
  • 09:00–10:00 Registration of Forum participants 13/09/2018
    10:00–12:00 International conference 13/09/2018

    Pursuant to the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks of December 4, 1995, states – members to the Agreement undertake to adopt measures to ensure long-term sustainability of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks and promote the objective of their optimum utilization, ensure that such measures are based on the best scientific evidence available assess the impacts of fishing, other human activities and environmental factors on target stocks and species belonging to the same ecosystem or associated with or dependent upon the target stocks, minimize pollution, waste, discards, protect biodiversity in the marine environment, collect and share, in a timely manner, complete and accurate data concerning fishing activities, promote and conduct scientific research and develop appropriate technologies in support of fishery conservation and management, implement and enforce conservation and management measures through effective monitoring, control and surveillance. What impact could climate change and increasing tendencies to prioritize national interests over international accords have on these principles?

    Topics for discussion:

    “International cooperation in fishing activities in the context of climate change”;

    – “Aquatic bioresources catch forecast for Russian fishermen in cross-border areas”;

    – “Preserving biodiversity and the problems of sustainable fishing activities in international law.”

  • 09:00–09:20 The official opening ceremony 14/09/2018
    09:20–10:00 Tour of the Forum’s Expo area 14/09/2018
    10:00–12:00 Plenary session 14/09/2018

    In 2050, forecasts put the population of Earth at 9.3 billion. Already now humanity is experiencing scarcity of resources including aquatic bioresources.

    Geographical distribution of aquatic bioresources is highly uneven, and conditions for catching them vary. Can existing agreements and international fisheries organizations prevent impeding tensions?

    Could capping fishing activities result in trade wars and real wars in 2050?

    Can aquaculture compensate for stagnating catch of aquatic bioresources? Are there alternative solutions?

    How true are long-term scientific forecasts?

    The world’s leading scientists and politicians, experts and businesspersons discuss long-term prospects of world fisheries’ development and shape forward-looking plans

    12:00–13:00 Coffee break 14/09/2018
    13:00–15:00 Round table No. 1 14/09/2018

    Forecasting the volume of resources available for catching through to 2050

    Currently, the global catch of aquatic bioresources has stabilized at 95 million tons a year. Will that figure drop or increase in 2050? How true are long-term forecasts? The role and possibilities of fishery science in the process.

    Scenarios: possible situation development with TAC dropping to 70% and TAC rising to 120%

    Can we influence the illegal, unregulated, unregistered (IUU) fishing by changing TAC figures? What social and economic consequences stem from regulating TAC? Could capping the catch of aquatic bioresources trigger an upsurge in piracy and trade wars?

    International fishery organizations by 2050 (development dynamics, goals, objectives)

    The process of establishing regional organizations for managing open-sea World Ocean fishing is virtually complete; the UN has launched the process of creating a universal mechanism for managing the catch of aquatic bioresources of the World Ocean.

    The world’s leading scientists will discuss possible directions in the development of international maritime and fisheries law through to 2050. Will competition for access to aquatic bioresources increase or will international fisheries be capable of setting up effective long-term management of fishing activities?

    Topics for discussion:

    • Global forecast of the state of aquatic bioresources by 2050: is it possible?
    • Assessing the key long-term risks for global fishing activities and aquaculture: climate change and human impact (the environment, IUU fishing, by-catch, introduction of species to new habitats).
    • The role of international cooperation in long-term regulation and preservation of bioresources.

    Business’s interest in long-term partnership with science for preserving aquatic bioresources as an efficient source of food and forage products for future generations.

    15:00–15:30 Coffee break 14/09/2018
    15:30–17:30 Round table No. 2 14/09/2018

    Currently, aquaculture produces over 45% of fish and seafood consumed. Can aquaculture provide humanity with the proteins they need by 2050 given stagnating catch of aquatic bioresources? What quantities of aquaculture products can we obtain without sacrificing quality and safety? Industrial aquaculture as an alternative to mariculture.

    Will uncontrolled growth of aquaculture result in an environmental disaster and loss of certain species of wild fish? Environment or starvation: Scylla and Charybdis of aquaculture development.

    Topics for discussion:

    • Aquaculture as an integral component of sustainable territorial development
    • Aquaculture quality management and product safety
    • Aquaculture genetic resources and preserving biodiversity
    • Aquaculture technologies: environmentally-friendly production and safe industrialization
    • Aquaculture products as the foundation of functional nutrition and biotechnologies
  • 9:00–11:00 Conference 15/09/2018

    As the population of the Earth grows, so does the global demand for food. By 2025, global demand is expected to grow 50% compared to its current level; given increasing pressure on exhausted natural resources, current food systems will face difficulties in providing food to the growing population.

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (a UN specialized agency) predicts that as prosperity grows, consumption structure will change, and the food market will become increasingly globalized.

    The world food industry should create its target model oriented toward the end consumer, and the fish sector should find its place within it.

    Sectoral experts believe that technological development brings the market to a new level of information collaboration, which will result in the need to develop global standards of:

    – production allowing for maximum efficiency and for being in-demand on the global market;

    – packaging ensuring product quality and preservation;

    – labeling for conveying to the consumer all the necessary information about the product;

    – logistics catering to fish consumers around the globe from retail to regular wholesale deliveries.

    Digital technologies shape a global market where the end consumer will be directly connected to product manufacturers.

    Topics for discussion:

    • Consumer market: what fish does the Russian consumer want?
    • A strategy for increasing exports’ economic efficiency: could exports of aquatic bioresources be a boon for economy?
    • Trade and political wars on the global fish market: whom Russian fishermen should pin their hopes on?
    • Product and technological innovations
    • The markets’ new demands: social certification, products’ traceability

    Topics for discussion (additional):

    • Product innovations. New types of products.
    • Processing and storage technologies.
    • Raw materials disposal
    11:00–11:30 Coffee break 15/09/2018
    11:30–13:30 Round table No. 3 15/09/2018

    By 2050, humanity will have faced the impossibility of meeting the demand for aquatic bioresources products by sheer expansion of production. Could consumption be increased by cutting down on fish processing waste?

    In 2050, a significant part of the Earth’s population will live in overcrowded megalopolises that are often far removed from the World Ocean. What storage conditions may be deemed optimal for preserving the safety and quality of aquatic bioresources products? Can such conditions be achieved and could they possibly result in a significant price hike?

    Freezing foods is the most effective way of ensuring their preservation and simplifying logistics. What freezing temperature regimes are optimal for preserving quality and safety? Do unfrozen products preserve their quality? Could canned foods be an alternative to freezing?

    Topics for discussion:

    • Statutory and legislative framework: meeting the demands of the future.
    • Refrigeration technologies: forward-looking areas
    • Consumption balance in 2050: food, forage, commercial, medical purposes
    • Deep processing: new technological opportunities. Cutting down on losses.
    • Assessment, problems, and reasons for slow introduction of state-of-the-art technologies in freezing, transportation, and manufacturing of fish products
    • Technical regulations as an instrument of managing the sector’s progress
    13:30–14:30 Coffee break 15/09/2018
    14:30–16:30 Round table No. 4 15/09/2018

    Consumers’ relations with manufacturers undergoing major changes. State-of-the-art technologies transform the process of communications letting the sector both trace the changing preferences of their audiences and get prompt feedback on their products, find new sales channels for their products and means of promoting them. In additional, the consumers themselves change, too, as do the demands consumers set for the quality and positioning of the products and for the manufacturer. What is the impact of these changes on the fish sector? What prospects are opened up for manufacturers? What are the transformations in the value-added chain? What individual and collective efforts may be made by the sector to respond to the global challenges of the consumer markets?

    Topics for discussion:

    • E-commerce: cutting the distance between consumers and manufacturers
    • The stable trend of a healthy lifestyle as a springboard for promoting fish and fish products
    • Development prospects of the organic seafood market
    • Traceability of fish products’ origins
    • New product offers of the fish sector