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Press Release 01/75

EUROFISH, A NEW INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION TO BUILD ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF FISHERIES IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE


Rome, 31 October 2001 - Eurofish, a new international organization for the development of fisheries in Eastern and Central Europe, has officially come into existence with the signature of the constituent agreement by Romania.

Romania is now the fifth country to become a member of EUROFISH, together with Latvia, Albania, Denmark and Norway.

Several other European countries are also expected to join Eurofish during its first Governing Council in Copenhagen next January. The Council will decide on the work plan, staff arrangements and other key issues of Eurofish, which will continue and build on the activities of Eastfish, a trust fund project established by the Danish Government in 1996 and managed by FAO. For six years Eastfish has been supporting the development and modernisation of aquaculture and fish processing in Central and Eastern Europe, promoting private sector investment and partnership, developing projects with governments and acting as a catalyst for trade and market opportunities. Eurofish will also be a member of the FISH INFOnetwork, a network of regional marketing information services that FAO set up in the late 70's.

Members of INFOnetwork are INFOPESCA for South and Central America, INFOFISH for Asia and the Pacific), INFOPECHE for Africa, INFOSAMAK for the Arab Countries, EASTFISH for Eastern and Central Europe, INFOYU for China and GLOBEFISH, an FAO Unit of the Fisheries Department that has a co-ordinating role in the INFOnetwork activities.

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For more information about Eurofish and Eastfish, please visit the WEB at the following address:http://www.eastfish.org/english.htm
Information on the FISH INFOnetwork and FAO Globefish: http://www.globefish.org/

For more information please contact:
Lucia D'Aleo, Media Relation Officer,
Tel: 0039 - 06-5705 2520/3594/2519
Fax: 0039 - 06-5705 3699
E-Mail: Lucia.Daleo@fao.org


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