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Report of the Thirty-second Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

This is the final report of the Thirty-second Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) hosted by the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and convened in Da Nang, Viet Nam, on 20–22 September 2012. The principal objectives of the 32nd Session were to review Member countries’ progress on the recommendations of the previous session of the Commission and emerging regional policy issues in fisheries and aquaculture.

The Commission considered the status of fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region and the outcomes and recommendations of the fourth APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting. The Commission was informed of the work undertaken by APFIC regarding ways to strengthen assessments in fisheries and aquaculture to improve management and the adaptation and mitigation of climate change in fisheries and aquaculture. The Commission reviewed its work over the past biennium and endorsed the major themes and activities of APFIC in the forthcoming biennium of work (2012–2014), including the APFIC Strategy 2012–2018.

The Commission was also informed of the work programmes of other regional organizations competent in fisheries and aquaculture and how they relate to the work of APFIC. In its recommendations, the Commission highlighted: the importance of aquatic products, especially from inland fisheries, and their role in nutrition; the collaborative development of a regional training course on the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries; the threat of transboundary disease in aquatic animals; and the need to improve reporting on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).

APFIC (2012). Report of the Thirty-second Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, Da Nang, Viet Nam, 20–22 September 2012. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand, RAP Publication 2012/24, 125 p.