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Improving fish safety and bolstering trade in Ukraine

Fisheries and aquaculture play a significant role in Ukraine’s economy. Marine fisheries in Ukraine are carried out in the Black Sea and Azov Sea. There are 113 different marine fish species in the waters of Ukraine. Of these, 48 are commercially important. Ukraine’s marine fisheries on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov resulted in a total landing of 32 649 tonnes of fish and 1 668 tonnes of invertebrates in 2015. [more]

FAO’s Blue Hope Initiative launches in Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey

For many years, FAO has been working to build vibrant fisheries and coastal communities through its Blue Growth Initiative, with its emphasis on bolstering economic, environmental and social development that will benefit communities dependent on fisheries for their livelihoods. The Blue Hope Initiative builds upon these activities, emphasizing the important role productive fisheries activities can play in communities vulnerable to migration. [more]

Vigo Dialogue: Building socially responsible fisheries value chains

It’s that time of year again – FAO’s annual appointment in Vigo, Spain for the FAO-Conxemar World Fisheries Congress. Fisheries experts, industry actors, government officials, scientists, labour union representatives, and civil society organizations descend on this Galician city from around the world to attend this one day congress addressing a different theme each year. [more]

Despite advances in health and safety operations, fisheries remains a dangerous sector

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupation in the world. Accident and fatality rates in fishing remain high in most countries. Aquaculture and seafood processing have also been highlighted as key hazardous industries. Safety and health professionals are, however, making major steps in generating awareness and building capacity for workplace health and safety measures and devising safer ways of work in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. [more]

Strengthening integrated aquatic plant and animal farming in the rice fields of Lao PDR

Lao PDR enjoys a rich aquatic biodiversity, with rice fields acting as an environment that is home to an impressive diversity of aquatic organisms. The aquatic animals and plants that thrive in these rice fields are key to the nutritional and food security needs of Lao’s people, particularly in rural areas. Aquatic animals present in these rice fields and consumed by the local people include not only fish, but also frogs, eels, snails, crabs and aquatic insects. [more]

Working towards decent work in the fisheries sector in Asia

A regional technical seminar aimed at building a stronger fisheries industry that promotes decent work and human rights in the sector opens today in Manila, Philippines. The technical seminar, organized by FAO and the Apostleship of the Sea, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meets 21-22 March in the Filipino capital, with the participation of experts and stakeholders from fisheries, labour and port administrations as well as from industry, civil society organizations and unions from ten Asian countries. [more]

Towards Voluntary Guidelines on marking fishing gear

This issue of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear has been a concern for FAO and its Members for many decades. Discussions led by FAO about marking of fishing gear date back to 1991, when the first meeting discussing possible guidelines for marking of fishing gear was held in Canada. The recommendations did not move forward at that time, but the issue is once more on the table, at an upcoming Technical Consultation on the Marking of Fishing Gear, to be held 5-9 February at FAO Headquarters. [more]

Sharing innovative, water-saving agri-aquaculture experiences across the Near East and North Africa

Water scarcity is a pressing concern around much of the world, and particularly in the Near East and North Africa region. FAO has responded with Regional Water Scarcity Initiative, managed by FAO’s Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt, and is a part of FAO’s Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. As part of this initiative, experts are documenting examples of the smart use of water and best management practices for integrated agriculture-aquaculture farming systems in in focus countries from the Near East and North Africa region including Algeria, Egypt and the Sultanate of Oman. [more]

Helping countries to tackle AMR in aquaculture

This week we’re celebrating World Antibiotic Awareness Week, an international campaign that brings attention to the fact that the misuse of antibiotics places us all at risk. Antimicrobial drugs play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in the livestock sector, aquaculture, and crop production. These actions are often associated with the potential risk of emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms. [more]

A week of aquaculture wraps up in Rome

The Ninth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture wrapped up last week in Rome. The Sub-committee meeting brought together 188 delegates from 94 member countries and observers from regional fisheries bodies, international organizations and civil society organizations to review a full agenda of aquaculture-related items. [more]
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