Agricultural Biotechnologies
Agricultural Biotechnologies in crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry  Biotech-banner
Biotechnologies in aquaculture

The 6th Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) Sub-Committee on Aquaculture took place in Cape Town, South Africa on 26-30 March 2012. One of the working documents presented to the meeting was "Progress reporting on the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), provisions relevant to aquaculture and culture-based fisheries and update on the new reporting system". This document, COFI:AQ/VI/2012/3, summarizes the reporting from member countries, regional fishery bodies and international non-governmental organizations to a 2010 survey, and provides the final revised version of the new questionnaire and reporting mechanism to improve the CCRF reporting process. The Code is a voluntary set of principles and standards applicable to the conservation, management and development of fisheries, which also refers specifically to the use of genetically altered stocks and related obligations of States (Article 9.3.1). A special event was also organized on "Genetic resources and technologies in aquaculture development: opportunities and challenges", supported by a working document (COFI:AQ/VI/2012/9) as well as an information document (COFI:AQ/VI/2012/Inf.9). These documents give a brief overview of the application of technologies, including biotechnologies, in aquaculture development and management. The three documents are available in all six official FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). See or contact for more information.