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Asia-Pacific fisheries focus on resilience and sustainable blue growth

11/05/2018

Cebu, Philippines

Members of the Asia-Pacific Fisheries Commission (APFIC) have vowed to scale up collective efforts to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture are managed in a responsible and sustainable manner, the commission announced at its 35th Session, which convened in Cebu, the Philippines from 11-13 May, 2018.

As a region, Asia and the Pacific produces most of the world’s fish. The region currently contributes over 55 percent of global capture fisheries and 90 percent of its aquaculture. Resilient blue growth of capture fisheries and aquaculture in the region is of great importance to food security, nutrition, livelihood development and overall economic and social development in many countries of Asia and the Pacific and achievement of some important SDG Goals in the 2030 Agenda.

As demand for both capture fisheries and aquaculture rises, the industries will need to rely on innovations in a number of areas. They will also need to become more resilient to the effects of climate change on fish stocks and aquaculture operation. FAO’s Regional Initiative on Blue Growth offers some solutions and a way forward, and the Commission examined these and a draft six-year APFIC Strategy (2018-2023) prepared by the Secretariat endorsement.

APFIC convenes every two years with the main objective to consider the Secretariat’s report to the membership and observers on major programme activities carried out, and the achievement by the Secretariat during the intersessional period. The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific provides the Secretariat services to APFIC and this 35th Commission Session is jointly organized by FAO and the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture Bureau for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.