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Collaborating on Port State Measures in the fjords of Norway

01/06/2017
The First Meeting of the Parties of FAO’s Port State Measures may have come to a close yesterday, but the work continues in Oslo this week as the First meeting of the ad hoc Working Group to be established under Article 21 of the Port State Measures opens today. During the 29-31 May Olso meeting, the Parties to the Port State Measures Agreement provided clear guidance on the way forward for a smooth implementation of the Agreement. [more]

Oslo hosts the First Meeting to the Parties of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement

30/05/2017
The Norwegian capital plays host this week to the parties of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported ad Unregulated Fishing. The world’s first treaty designed to combat illegal fishing went into effect almost one year ago – on 5 June 2016. It now has 46 parties to the Agreement – with the 28 member countries of the European Union counting as a single party. Japan and Montenegro will soon bring that number to 48, when they become full parties in mid-June. [more]

In Cabo Verde, a week dedicated to promoting African Blue Growth

04/05/2017
This week in Mindelo, Cabo Verde is being dedicated to sharing experiences and sparking discussion about how to promote Blue Growth policies and investment strategies across Africa. A Conference Dialogue on Blue Growth and Economy: Sharing perspectives and experiences for Africa is taking place 3-5 May 2017. 150 participants from 30 delegations, primarily from African coastal nations, small island developing states (SIDS) and international organizations are taking part in the conference. Conference delegates include ministerial delegations from six of the participating countries: Cabo Verde, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, São Tomé and Principe. [more]

FAO calls on partners to promote sustainable and responsible seafood value chains

25/04/2017
25 April, Brussels – FAO today at called upon partners at the Seafood Expo Global to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability along the entire seafood value chain. FAO is aims to engage with partners in governments, civil society, fisherfolk associations, the seafood industry and retailers, by calling on them to become part of the Blue Forum, a multisectoral platform aimed at confronting problems affecting the fisheries and aquaculture sector. [more]

Morocco: A maritime fishing nation works to develop its aquaculture sector

13/04/2017
A recent meeting in Rabat, Morocco brought together government officials, industry and academia representatives and aquaculture officers from FAO in support to the development of aquaculture in the country. With its 3 500 kilometers of coastlines (500 km on the Mediterranean coast and 3 000 km on the Atlantic), Morocco possesses a strong tradition of maritime fisheries. Its national fisheries production totaled 1.3 million tonnes in 2014, making it the largest maritime fisheries producer in Africa and at the 25th position worldwide. [more]

Training young people from around the world to bolster sustainable aquaculture

07/04/2017
FAO has a deep commitment to promoting the ecosystem approach to aquaculture, as recommended in the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and supporting instruments. As part of this support, José Aguilar-Manjarrez, FAO Aquaculture Officer, taught a module focusing on the ecosystem approach to aquaculture and spatial planning that formed part of a larger international training course entitled “Responsible Aquaculture for Food Security and Economic Progress” organized by Wageningen University and Research Centre for Development Innovation . [more]

Training Northern Nigeria youth and young farmers in catfish rearing

05/04/2017
This African Solidarity Trust Fund Youth Employment in Aquaculture Project has been working with FAO to train young Nigerian farmers in catfish rearing techniques. This project develops catfish culture in fibreglass (FRP) tanks and the lessons learnt through these activities may be applied for interventions in the three target states in Northeast Nigeria. [more]

Celebrating the crucial role of women in fisheries on International Women’s Day 2017

08/03/2017
Today, around the world, we celebrate International Women’s Day. Here at FAO Headquarters, we will be marking the day with an event that builds upon the High-level event held at FAO Headquarters last December : ‘Step it Up Together with Rural Women to End hunger and Poverty’. The fisheries and aquaculture sectors are excellent examples of where women play a key role, but where their crucial contribution to the sector is too often overlooked. [more]

Nurturing young scientists in developing countries aboard the Nansen

17/02/2017
For over 40 years, FAO has been working in collaboration with the Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation (Norad) and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway on a joint program to strengthen national and regional knowledge of marine resources in developing countries, and to build their capacity for fisheries research and management. [more]

Towards the Ocean Conference - Safety at sea in the fisheries sector

16/02/2017
Fishing continues to be recognized as one, if not the most, dangerous occupation in the world. In 1999, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that there were at least 24 000 deaths annually, the large majority of these on board small vessels. [more]
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