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Dubai, UAE: Seafood consumers throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are increasingly turning to sustainable sources as the need to conserve stocks internationally begins to hit home.

The trend towards sustainable resources is being highlighted at SEAFEX, the region’s first professional seafood show, which runs at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 7-9 November, 2016.

Among the 145 plus exhibitors from more than 25 nations taking part in the show are sustainability leaders from Europe, the Levant and Mauritius, who all say regional diners are becoming more socially-conscious and demand products for changing lifestyle preferences.

“People right now are more driven towards fresh seafood than ever,” said Abbas Muntaser, Marketing Executive at European Seafood, which specialises in live seafood and live aquaculture raised fish.

“This is not just because of its many beneficial effects on human health, but also as a source of sustainable food that can last for generations to come and provide for better lifestyles.”

More than 1,400 facilities have BAP certification

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WORLDWIDE: The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced the number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide surpassed 1,400 last month, with the addition of 64 new facilities to the third-party aquaculture certification program.

Spain tries to obtain albacore quota exchange

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SPAIN: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has asked the Member States having albacore quota -- Portugal, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland -- about the possibility of an exchange to increase the Spanish quota adapted to this resource, which is about to run out.

Improving the social value of Indonesia’s fisheries sector

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INDONESIA: The Indonesian fisheries sector experienced rapid growth throughout 2015 under the leadership of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, and, most notably the new Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister (MAFM) Susi Pudjiastuti, who made waves through her relentless fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing practices.

Blue Growth blog

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Gearing up for the Vigo dialogue on decent work in the seafood sector

Approximately 1 in 10 people rely on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods, and discussion at the Vigo Dialogue will address ways to improve work conditions in the sector.

The upcoming Vigo dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture is an important opportunity to bring a broad range of partners around the table to discuss an extremely pertinent issue.

Unfortunately, human rights and labour abuses, including poor working conditions, have recently become front-page news in the mass media.

Vigo Dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture

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First Announcement 

Decent Work for Blue Growth: Towards Social Responsibility in the Fish Business

Vigo, Spain, 4 October 2016


3rd Announcement / Guiding questions  



Human rights and labour abuses including poor working conditionsin the seafood sector have become widely publicized issues with reported cases of forced labour, human trafficking, child labour, but also poor occupational safety and health on fishing vessels and fish processing plants. Social sustainability and the call for decent work in the seafood sector are moving up the agenda of governments, retail and seafood industry, auditing and certification schemes, fish workers’ unions, consumer groups and other civil society organizations.

#Vigo16: A consolidated yearly appointment for fisheries stakeholders

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The World Congress co-organized by FAO and Conxemar has become a benchmark event both for professionals of the sector as well as for experts, renowned scientists and the highest fishing authorities worldwide.

The following day, the annual International Frozen Seafood exhibition, the biggest event dedicated to the frozen seafood sector in Spain, will take place over three days.

Indonesia’s shrimp sector on the rise

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The farmed shrimp sector in Indonesia is growing and the majority of the shrimp is exported.

The website of Ipsos states that Indonesia’s shrimp industry has continued to see higher demand from the export market compared to the domestic market. From 2011 – 2015, export market grew at CAGR of 6.9% compared to 5.0% for the domestic market.

Indonesia is estimated to consume only around 40% of its shrimp production volume. Majority of shrimp production was allocated for exports to major markets such as USA, Japan and EU.

Source: All About Feed

Vietnam eyes bigger share in Australia’s shrimp market

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VIET NAM: Vietnam, already one of the biggest seafood exporters to Australia, is aiming to expand its market down under with a major boost in shrimp shipments.

Australia imports 200,000 to 280,000 tons of seafood each year, which accounts for about 70 percent of the country’s demand. Vietnam is its fourth largest seafood supplier, after Thailand, China and New Zealand, with an 11.2 percent market share, according to the Vietnam Trade Office under the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia.

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