Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

Report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

 

Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission. 2014. Report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11–13 November 2014, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, RAP Publication 2014/25, 21 p. 

This document presents the final report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) that was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 11 to 13 November 2014. The APFIC Executive Committee at its Seventy-fifth session comprised Sri Lanka (Chair), Philippines (Vice-Chair), Indonesia and Myanmar (Members), India (former Chair) and the Secretary of the Commission (as an ex officio Member).

The Executive Committee agreed that there were common objectives between the FAO/APFIC Regional Initiative on Blue Growth and the work priorities identified by the Commission. It recommended that the Regional Initiative on Blue Growth and APFIC’s related work should be brought to the attention of the FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference (APRC), through the inclusion of an APRC agenda item on the contribution of fish to nutrition and food security.

The Executive Committee agreed that there was a need for monitoring in order to assess the benefits and risks of FADs and artificial reefs in the region and agreed with the development of an approach to assess the nature and extent of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the APFIC region.

The Executive Committee developed the agenda of the APFIC regional consultative workshop “Documentation and dissemination of successful sustainable aquaculture intensification practices in Asia” and reviewed the planned activity “APFIC regional consultative workshop on improving the contribution of culture-based fisheries and related fishery enhancements in inland waters to blue growth”, noting that this was a timely contribution to the dialogue on blue growth and its potential in inland waters.

The Executive Committee noted the endorsed regional guidelines and training courses developed by APFIC and emphasized the importance of engagement with regional partners to ensure their promotion within the region and provide suggestions in that regard.

The Executive Committee reviewed the budget and expenses of the Commission and recommended that core allocation be sustained and suggested cost reduction strategies and means of encouraging greater contributions of in-kind support to the work of the Commission.

The Executive Committee discussed the preparations for the Sixth APFIC Regional Consultation Forum Meeting (RCFM) and the Thirty-fourth Session of the Commission to be held in Sri Lanka in January/February 2016. The Executive Committee agreed that the Seventy-sixth Session of the Executive Committee would be convened in the Philippines in September 2016 subject to confirmation by the Philippines’ government.