Anfaco stand at the Seafood Barcelona fair. (Photo: Anfaco)
Spanish Network of Fishery Knowledge presented
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
Seafood Barcelona fair was the setting for the presentation of the Spanish Network of Fishery Knowledge (RECOPES), a private sector initiative that aims to "cover a demand for information and knowledge on the fisheries sector to offer quick, clear and accurate answers to the whole society."
Led by the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) and the National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish and Shellfish (Anfaco-Cecopesca), RECOPES project arose from the call for collective action with the co-funding of the Secretariat General for Fisheries and the European Fisheries Fund, which will be developed through the end of 2014.
The Spanish Network of Fishery Knowledge aims to "promote greater awareness of the sector as well as the economic activity, lifestyle and culture in regions heavily dependent on fishing and on the conservation status of marine resources and their ecosystem," reported Cepesca .
Proponents of RECOPES hope to design and develop an online platform among members for information and knowledge exchange, grouping different interdisciplinary communities where socioeconomic, environmental, political, regulatory and scientific data related to the whole fisheries field can be brought together.
Cepesca Deputy General Secretary, Rocío Béjar, stressed that this project originated out of the concern of the fisheries sector about the risks and benefits of seafood consumption.
Meanwhile, consumers must face certain issues such as the dispersed information and the difficulty accessing it.
"Hopefully, RECOPES can be helpful as a reference point for experience and knowledge exchange as to the national, international and community fisheries sector," added the Confederacy.
In the open-access online platform, there will be legislation, statistics, consumer articles, the benefits of eating seafood, scientific studies developed by various academic and scientific institutions and documents issued by the general community, national and regional Administrations. It also provides information about the positioning of the various sector agents, evaluation reports on fishery resources, legislative initiatives, relevant events and exhibitions, recipes and tips for seafood administration, among other issues.
Furthermore, the website will allow all users to communicate directly with other users with whom interest groups are shared, and to participate in forums and discussion groups.
By Analia Murias