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ASEM Forum: "Towards enhanced cooperation and better understanding of marine fisheries"

Brussels, 28-29 April 2009

On Tuesday 28 April 2009 DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries organized an ASEM Forum in Brussels.

The aim of this ASEM Forum on Marine Fisheries was to foster ongoing discussions about fisheries issues common to both Asian and EU countries. Delegates examined food safety; illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU); aquaculture and more. The event took place alongside the largest Seafood Exposition in the world.

The first ASEM Forum on trade and investment in marine fisheries took place in Yantai (China) in September 2008. Lively and fruitful discussions prompted the EC DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries to host this second forum.


•   Asia is an important fisheries partner. South East Asian countries are the 2nd most important providers of fish and fishery products to the EU. The EU itself is the largest importing market of fishery products in the world amounting to €16.4 billion in 2007.  These figures show that fish and fishery products have become a truly global sector in which Asia and Europe are major players as markets as well as processors and producers. The opportunity to meet on the margins of this event (see Seafood website) will provide additional scope for informal discussions with trade operators.

•   There is a need for broadening and improving channels of communication in various marine areas such as Illegal, Unreported and Uregulated fishing (IUU), sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures (SPS), aquaculture, and Tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).

The European Union (EU) has decided to work hand-in-hand with all willing members of the international community to prevent the depletion of fish stocks and preserve marine ecosystems while maintaining a common healthy trade flow.

Meeting documents

•   Agenda pdf - 137 KB [137 KB]

•   Newsletter pdf - 664 KB [664 KB]

•   Conclusions pdf - 83 KB [83 KB]

•   Panel Conclusions – Session 1 – Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) pdf - 45 KB [45 KB]

•   Panel Conclusions – Session 2 – Tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO's) pdf - 40 KB [40 KB]

•   Panel Conclusions – Session 3 – Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS): "Trading of high quality of foodstuffs and looking ahead to future development policies" pdf - 54 KB [54 KB]

•   Panel Conclusions – Session 4 - Aquaculture pdf - 35 KB [35 KB]