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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. [...]

Manuel Barange, Director of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, provides an overview of the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability to be held in Rome 18-21 November 2019.

The objective of this Symposium it to identify pathways to strengthen the science and policy interplay in fisheries production, management and trade, based on solid sustainability principles for improved global outcomes on the ground. Ultimately, the debates and conclusions of the symposium will prepare the way for the development of a new vision for the way we perceive and use capture fisheries, outlining how the sector can respond to the complex and rapidly changing challenges facing society.
Postcard of the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability: Strengthening the Science-Policy Nexus

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.