40th Annual General meeting of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP)
The FEAP will bring together 100 professionals from 22 to 25 May to develop solutions to the key issues affecting the sector’s development, where care of the environment and consideration for the consumer are key components18 May 2008
Once more, The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) is to convene its members in its Annual General Meeting so as to establish common opinions and policies on European fish production and commercialization, and developing projects to improve processes and to increase the consumption of the products of this dynamic sector.
The principle objective of this 40th AGM of the FEAP, celebrated in Gran Canaria from 22 to 25 May, is to establish a forum for international debate to find out definitive and beneficial solutions on issues concerning production, consumption and assuring that aquaculture continues to be a natural source of supply of healthy, high quality food.
These meetings maintain a line of constructive dialogue and high transparency. The FEAP‘s work is based on these principles so as to efficiently analyse and research the wide range of issues that affect aquaculture producers throughout Europe, in both marine and freshwater fish farming. During four days, eight commissions will debate matters such as the Code of Conduct for European fish farmers, fish health and welfare topics, Mediterranean aquaculture, communication or the processes for improving the quality of farmed fish –including sea bass, sea bream, salmon, trout, eels and carp.
Gran Canaria: a strategic location for aquaculture
For this occasion, the Spanish Association of Marine Fish Farmers (APROMAR) has been chosen by The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) to organize this meeting in the South of Gran Canaria. The congress will take place at Hotel Lopesan Costa Meloneras, nearby Playa de Maspalomas in San Bartolome de Tirajana.
Gran Canaria is a key point for the aquaculture industry for its strategic transoceanic location and its spaces acknowledged as a Biosphere reserve. The whole island, its culture, natural and human treasures, will welcome everyone who intends to share knowledge and debate in one of the most attractive places in Europe.
In 1968, the national producer associations of France, Belgium, Germany and Italy created the European Federation of Trout Breeders (FES), which later included salmon farming that developed during the late 1970s. Then, in 1994, the FES, changed its statues so as to be responsible, in every respect, for Europe’s fish farming, becoming in this way the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers, abbreviated as FEAP.
Nowadays, the combined production of FEAP members is almost 1.4 million tons of fish, which represents over 3. 500 millions of Euros per year.
FEAP fosters a policy of sectoral transparency; for this reason, the main issues and concerns of the sector are discussed in two annual forums. To date, the Federation has held 75 meetings in 23 different European countries and this 40th AGM is the first time that a meeting has been held in the Canary Islands.
In recent years, as strong environmental and food safety legislation has evolved throughout Europe, the FEAP has focused on developing strong responses as a result of recognising and developing positions on the responsible and sustainable development of European aquaculture. Providing comprehensive and coherent responses on behalf of the European aquaculture sector remains the core activity of the Federation.
Only National Aquaculture Associations can become members of the FEAP. At present, the Federation is composed of 28 associations from 23 European countries. FEAPs’ management is assured by its President, Mr. John Stephanis (Greece) and 3 Vice-Presidents: Mr. Arnault Chaperon (France),Mr. Gustavo Larrazábal (Spain) and Mr. Paul Birger Torgnes (Norway). The FEAP Secretariat is based in Belgium.
In recent years, FEAP has become widely involved in many actions and specific projects that are very important for the European aquaculture industry, such as supporting and organizing international congresses and conferences, active participation in research and training programmes for producers and assuring a wide range of communication actions.
The Spanish Association of Marine Fish Farmers (APROMAR) is the main organizer of the Annual General Meeting of the FEAP, on May 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th 2008.
APROMAR is a national professional organization, which has objectives to promote the quality of the aquaculture products, for levelled marketplaces and to inform customers. Furthermore, it fosters investigation, innovation and technological development in the marine aquaculture field. APROMAR intends to enhance sustainable aquaculture, as well as the highest quality and food safety standards in its products.
APROMAR was established as an association in 1986 to defend the interests of this industry. It is also a member of Spain’s National Advisory Committee for Aquaculture (JACUMAR), and of the main bodies dealing with fisheries and aquaculture. At present APROMAR belongs to the FEAP, through which it participates in the Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA) of the European Commission.
Approximately 95% of Spain’s fish, mollusc and crustacean producers are members of APROMAR, which enables this organization to participate in important discussion forums, research and studies related to this area. It has 47 associated members, and a global production over 40 000 tons of fish per year.
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