FAO and industry reps discuss emerging issues affecting seafood business
Energy efficiency subject of second FAO-industry forum in Bremen
25 February 2008 - FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department recently met with representatives of some of the leading companies in the seafood industry during a roundtable forum in Bremen, Germany aimed at improving information exchange and dialogue between the UN agency and the private sector.
The focus of the meeting (12 February 2008) was to assess the state of information on energy use in the fisheries sector throughout various stages of the value chain and learn what efforts are in play to improve the industry’s efficiency in light of growing concerns over carbon emissions and global warming.
In April FAO will be convening an expert meeting to look at a wider range of issues related to climate change and fisheries. The outcomes of that meeting as well as the Bremen roundtable will feed into a high level conference on climate change and food security to be held at the Organization's Rome headquarters in June this year. Additionally, the outcomes of the industry forum will be reported on during the upcoming session of FAO's COFI Sub-committee on Fish Trade, also to be held in Bremen (June 2-6 2008).
Taking the pulse of industry
This was the second such FAO-industry forum, convened at the invitation of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic State of Bremen. The previous was in 2006 and focused on the growing profile of aquaculture in the global supply chain.
Holding the event during Bremen's annual Fish International trade fair allows FAO meet with a wide range of industry representatives from various sub-sectors and geographic regions.
"FAO has a mandate to engage with governments, civil society, and the private sector. These forums were set up several years ago by our Sub-Committee on Fish Trade as a way for us to better take the pulse of what is happening in the industry, gather information from the private sector, and hear their views on the issues affecting fishing and the seafood business today," said Grimur Valdimarsson, Director of FAO's Fish Products and Industry Division.
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