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International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

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Marine and inland fisheries today are an important crossroads. They make a crucial and growing contribution to food, nutrition and livelihood security. Yet, despite significant successes, there is a decreasing overall trend in the proportion of marine fish stocks caught within biologically sustainable levels, especially in the least developed regions.

The fisheries sector needs to develop a new vision for capture fisheries in the 21st century, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, that better reflects the way we perceive and use capture fisheries. [...]

Main aim

The objective of this Symposium will be to identify pathways to strengthen the science and policy interplay in fisheries production, management and trade, based on solid sustainability principles for improved outcomes on the ground.

Ultimately, the debates and conclusions of the symposium will prepare the way for the development of a new vision for capture fisheries, outlining how the sector can respond to the complex and rapidly changing challenges facing society. 

Expected outputs

  • Develop and articulate a new vision for fisheries’ sustainability in the 21st century.
  • Promote strategies for synergistic actions and supportive policies, at all levels, to promote sustainable fisheries while meeting international commitments.
  • Reinforce commitments to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its associated instruments, leading to new FAO partnerships.
  • Assist countries at COFI 34 as they debate and consider a new COFI Sub-Committee on Fisheries Management.
More people than ever before rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food and income . The world population will reach 9.5 billion by 2050; the African continent alone will grow by more than a billion people.
Per capita fish consumption has soared from 10 kg in the 1960s to 20 kg today.
Economic development will continue to increase the consumption of animal proteins, with annual fish consumption in 2025 predicted to be 20% higher than today.
Capture fisheries, the only major food production system fully reliant on wild species, will face increasing pressure due to a new focus on biodiversity conservation.
Innovative technologies are making it easier to track goods across the value chain, from source to plate.

Our Islands, Our Oceans - Cabo Verde ( narrated by Lambert Wilson, actor, activist)

Cabo Verde - an island chain off the west coast of Africa, characterized by captivating coastlines, stunning beaches and peaceful seaside villages.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

This celebratory animation video marks the 1st International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, led by FAO.