Conference champions innovative fishing


Chris Dove, contributing editor, reporting from Malaga, Spain

Published on
November 8, 2009

The organizer of the Fisheries Innovation Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Monday praised the participants of last week’s two-day event, in which stakeholders exchanged and coordinated ideas on innovative fishing practices in the North Sea.

The well-attended event, which wrapped up on Saturday, featured 120 fishermen, policymakers, researchers and industry professionals, said Frans Vroegop, secretary of the Dutch Fisheries Innovation Platform at the Dutch Ministry of Fisheries, the event’s organizer.

“I was pleased to see the participation of so many international fishermen,” Vroegop told SeafoodSource. “[They] gathered to discuss innovative solutions, sustainable [fishing] practices, technical gear and effective actions. We look forward to continuing these exchanges.”

To promote greater synergy between initiatives, policymakers from each participating country outlined how their country is working to bring more innovation to their fisheries.

The conference is part of the new Fisheries Innovation Platform. Stakeholders are encouraged to visit its Web site in the coming days to read full accounts of the conference’s 13 presentations made by Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands.

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