Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

(2005) Report of the seventieth session of the Executive Committee of APFIC

This document presents the final report of the seventieth session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 23 to 25 August 2005. The APFIC Executive Committee's main function is to direct the conduct of business and affairs of the Commission between its biennial sessions. Major topics discussed at the session were: progress reports on the intersessional activities of APFIC; regional response to the tsunami; regional fishery bodies in Asia and the Pacific; outcomes of the trash fish and co-management workshops; and preparations for the regional consultative forum meeting and the twenty-ninth session of APFIC. The Committee reiterated that the main focus of APFIC's activities during the next biennium would remain small-scale fisheries and rural aquaculture, which would be pursued through partnerships with competent regional organizations. It was also agreed that the emerging need for an additional focus on fisheries trade and food safety (for both aquaculture and capture fisheries) would be brought into an expanded portfolio of activities for APFIC. A summary of the main recommendations and decisions are included in the session report.