Rome, 25 October 2022. The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Central Fisheries Research Institute (SUMAE), is organizing an International Symposium on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (SOFAS 2022) from 25 to 27 October in Trabzon, Türkiye.
This unique event aims to contribute to promoting aquaculture techniques and practices on a larger scale in order to further the development of the sector in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
In particular, the symposium will present the latest advances in the region in feed technologies, genetic improvements and restocking. It will also include trainings on genetics, algae farming, diseases in cultured finfish species and allocated zones for aquaculture and will familiarize participants with both the SUMAE facilities and local aquaculture farms through field visits.
Stressing the importance of international cooperation in fostering innovation towards sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, Dr İbrahim Halil Sözmen, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies of Türkiye (TAGEM), noted that “Thanks to active cooperation within internationally-supported projects, several studies and surveys have enabled to share knowledge and make great advances” and expressed hope that SOFAS 2022 would benefit all stakeholders in the region.
“SOFAS 2022 represents an important milestone for the GFCM, as it provides the unique opportunity to share, with all stakeholders, the latest innovations and knowledge through workshops and hands-on trainings towards the blue transformation of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea,” highlighted Houssam Hamza, GFCM Aquaculture Officer.
Participants will also have the opportunity to benefit from hands-on trainings at the state-of-the-art Aquaculture Demonstration Center units in Trabzon. The knowledge and skills acquired during the symposium will allow participants to contribute to building modern and environmentally friendly aquaculture in their own countries in line with the principles of the GFCM 2030 Strategy for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.