FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Impacts of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture in Europe and Central Asia

Virtual event (webinar), 12/03/2021 - 12/03/2021

The event is postponed until 12 March, registrations remain active

Fish and fish products are the most highly traded food commodity internationally. Therefore, the impact of COVID-19 on the fish supply chain and operations has been profound. Demand has also been affected negatively by interruptions to the supply chain.

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – countries covered by the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia – have experienced impacts of the COVID-19 at various degrees. However, the pandemic’s consequences on their fisheries and aquaculture sector has not been documented well.

Therefore the FAO webinar provides a platform for governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and industry to share experience of responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

Join the discussion on 12 March, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (CET)

The webinar will

  • Examine impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fisheries and aquaculture industries and food security in the invited countries;
  • Gain an overview of government’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to support the sector;
  • Share good practices regarding industry and civil society responses to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Explore the sector’s needs to mitigate immediate impacts of COVID-19 and improve resilience in the longer term.

Opening remarks

  • Raimund Jehle, Regional Programme Leader for Europe and Central Asia, FAO


  • Haydar Fersoy, Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer, FAO


  • Marcio Castro de Souza, Senior Fishery Officer (International Trade), FAO
  • Shirlene Maria Anthonysamy, Managing Director, INFOFISH
  • Ekaterina Tribilustova, Senior Project Manager, EUROFISH
  • Abdulla Kurbanov, Director of Scientific Research Institute of Fishery, Uzbekistan
  • Chinara Imankulova, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Regional Development, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Artem Ohorodnik, Deputy Head of Division, International Cooperation and European Integration, State Agency of Fisheries, Ukraine
  • Sheme Kondi, Managing Director, ALMARINA OR, Albania