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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.

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