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2010 - Report of the Third APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting "Balancing the needs of people and ecosystems in fisheries and aquaculture management in Asia and the Pacific region"

FAO, 2010. Report of the Third APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting "Balancing the needs of people and ecosystems in fisheries and aquaculture management in Asia and the Pacific region", Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 1–4 September 2010. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. RAP publication 2010/13, 76 p.

This is the final report of the Third APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting, “Balancing the needs of people and ecosystems in fisheries and aquaculture management in Asia and the Pacific region” convened in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. 1–4 September 2010. The participants of the third APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting (RCFM), like those of the two which preceded it, aimed to strengthen the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in member countries through the transfer and exchange of information and experiences. Each RCFM is organized around a theme or themes of critical importance to the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. This time the RCFM was organized around four themes:

(i) Strengthening our understanding of the status and trends in fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and the Pacific region;
(ii) using the ecosystem approach to the management of fisheries and aquaculture;
(iii) improving livelihoods and increasing resilience in fishing and aquaculture communities;
(iv) regional policy challenges.

The themes are interrelated and spell out the linkages between the various themes. Making use of them was of paramount importance to the forum participants and their governments and institutions. Forum participants came to the meeting to develop and reach consensus on ways of implementing policies and action plans designed to address the major issues for the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the region. These issues include strengthening ecosystem-based fisheries resource management, responding to climate change, ensuring livelihoods and food security, particularly with reference to small-scale fishers, responding to the institutional demands of globalization in the form of increasing regulation of products destined for export markets, combating illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and gender equity.

The problems confronting the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the region are many and varied but the concentrated and hard work of the participants was rewarded with many concrete actions/ recommendations related to these problems which readers will find in this report. Hopefully readers of the report will feel that the problems facing the sectors are now better defined and better understood as are the means to solving them. There is considerable agreement about what needs to be done. What is now needed is the political will to take and facilitate action and the willing cooperation of all concerned.