The World aquatic products conference, jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Association for Quality and safety of aquatic products, was successfully held in Iceland on September 10-13. Nearly 600 representatives from more than 50 countries and regions attended the conference. At the invitation of the organizer, led by the National Aquatic Technology Promotion station and the chief Xiao Fang (Secretary General) of the Chinese aquatic Society, a group of two people attended the conference. The World Aquatic Products Conference is held every two years. The theme of this conference is "building a blue bio-economy and ensuring the safe and effective supply of aquatic products".
At the opening ceremony of the conference, Mr. Paul William, president of the World Aquatic Product Quality and Safety Association, and Ms. Thorgerur Katrn Gunnarsdttir, Minister of Fisheries of Iceland attended and delivered speeches. Manuel Barange, director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, delivered a keynote speech.
In his keynote speech, the director of Manuel Barange comprehensively analyzed the current global fishery production, consumption and trade situation, and pointed out that by 2050, the population growth alone, the world needs to produce more than 50% of the current output in order to maintain the current per capita consumption level of more than 20 kilograms of aquatic products. In view of the current pressure on resources, environment, population and so on faced by the fishery, he proposed that the future fishery development will face five major challenges and needs to be actively responded to: first, to ensure the sustainable use of the existing fishery resources; the second is to strengthen and improve the comprehensive utilization efficiency of existing fishery resources; The third is to increase the supply of aquatic products through multiple channels; The fourth is to strengthen the guidance to consumers and promote green consumption; The fifth is to actively respond to climate change.
During the conference, more than 60 international experts and scholars were invited to strengthen the conservation of resources, reduce the discarding of by-catch, strengthen the comprehensive utilization of aquatic products, develop aquaculture, expand the supply channels of aquatic products, strengthen the certification of ecological labels, guide green consumption, and strengthen the research on the impact of climate change on fisheries, especially aquaculture.
At the meeting, the National Aquatic Technology Promotion station and the Chinese aquatic Society also held talks with officials from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Aquatic Product Quality and Safety Association, the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries and other departments, communication was carried out on strengthening cooperation in fishery and aquaculture.