Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

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

This document presents the final report of the Seventy-sixth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) that was held in Manila, Philippines, from 21 to 23 February 2017. The APFIC Executive Committee at its Seventy-sixth Session comprised Philippines (Chair), Thailand (Vice-Chair), Viet Nam and Republic of Korea (Members), Sri Lanka (former Chair) and the Secretary of the Commission (as an ex officio Member).


The Executive Committee welcomed the draft updated regional overview on the status and trends of aquaculture and capture fisheries in Asia and the Pacific region and updates on monitoring frameworks on the implementation of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of National Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines).


The Executive Committee complimented APFIC on the wide range of activities implemented with partners under the FAO/APFIC Regional Initiative on Blue Growth and the great achievements to date. It recommended that 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 building climate resilience of fisheries and aquaculture for blue growth in Asia and the Pacific region.


The Executive Committee underscored the importance of the small-scale fisheries related value chains in the region and welcomed continued support for the implementation of the SSF Guidelines at the national and regional levels. The Executive Committee agreed that IUU fishing was a significant problem in the APFIC region and for APFIC member countries and that support from APFIC FAO, including a proposed regional Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), was appropriate. The Executive Committee welcomed the continued efforts related to implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and Aquaculture and commended the Secretariat for its efforts in documenting climate change impacts and vulnerabilities as well as adaptation and greenhouse gas mitigation priorities within the sector.


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 APFIC Seventh Regional Consultative Forum Meeting and the Thirty-fifth Session of the Commission to be held in the Philippines in May 2018. The Executive Committee agreed that the Seventy-seventh Session of the Executive Committee would be convened in Thailand in February 2019, subject to confirmation by the Royal Thai government.


Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission. 2017. Report of the Seventy-sixth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, Manila, Philippines, 21–23 February 2017. Bangkok, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.