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Moving towards greater transparency in the seafood sector

09/12/2016
On Thursday, the US established new protections aimed at further curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices and to strengthen efforts to identify misrepresented seafood before it enters the seafood market. [more]

On World Fisheries Day, FAO and the Holy See call for an end to human trafficking and forced labour in the fishing sector

11/11/2016
To celebrate World Fisheries Day on 21 November, FAO and the Holy See will jointly organize an event aimed at focusing international attention on the need to improve working conditions in the fisheries sector.
Entitled The violation of human rights within the fishing sector and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the event held at FAO Headquarters in Rome will call on member countries, international organizations, fisherfolk organizations and industry to work together to guarantee decent work to a sector estimated to support the livelihoods of every one in ten people on the planet. [more]

New FAO species identification tools for marine resources of Pakistan

01/11/2016
An ancient Chinese proverb states: “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name”.
The new FAO species identification field guide for Pakistan works to do just that for regional marine species.
Now available free on line, The Field Identification Guide to the Living Marine Resources of Pakistan, includes a total of 776 species (belonging to 167 families) of shrimps, lobsters, crabs, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods, sharks, batoids, bony fishes, and sea snakes and incorporates the most recent taxonomic and nomenclatural advancements. [more]

When IUU fishing is only the tip of the iceberg…

13/10/2016
OECD-FAO-UNODC Conference on improving cooperation in the fight against fish crime
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to cost the global economy up to 23 billion USD annually. Not surprisingly, operators of vessels taking part in IUU fishing are known to engage in other illegal activities, including poor labour conditions for workers, forced labour, smuggling of migrants and drugs, and other illegal activities. Fishing vessels are sometime used as part of larger criminal operations. IUU offenders often take advantage of weak governance frameworks and enforcement capacities, and competencies and responsibilities across a wide range of sectors. [more]

Developing sustainable mariculture in Iran

12/10/2016
The Islamic Republic of Iran has over 50 years’ experience in aquaculture mainly in the pond culture of a variety of freshwater finfish species, including Chinese carps and the rainbow trout. It is the world leader in rainbow trout production, with an estimated annual production of approximately 140 000 tonnes in 2014.
The first rudimental cage farms were established about 40 years ago in the southwest region of the country, in a reservoir in Khozestand Province’s Karoon River. In the 1980s, the use of homemade cages with traditional material expanded into inland waters for trout rearing. From those experiments, aquaculture production in the country increased rapidly from a mere 3 219 tonnes in 1978 to 371 840 tonnes in 2014, representing approximately 39.2 percent of the country’s total fish production. [more]

Exploring solutions to promote decent work in fisheries and aquaculture

11/10/2016
Each year in October, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture partners with Conxemar, the Spanish seafood industry, and the region of Galicia, Spain for its annual appointment on fisheries issues. The event coincides with Conxemar’s annual Seafood Expo, which, this year, attracted over 30,000 visitors. On 3 October, 377 government representatives and seafood professionals were present for the FAO-Conxemar World Congress on Cephapolods. Last year, the World Congress marked the 20th anniversary of FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Read more about this event in our earlier post. [more]

FAO’s annual fisheries appointment in Vigo

04/10/2016
World Congress on Cephalopods - FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department was pleased to return for its fifth year to the Galician coastal city of Vigo, Spain, for its annual appointment of international collaboration on fisheries issues. Last year, FAO and Conxemar, the Spanish frozen seafood industry, collaborated with the city of Vigo, the Region of Galicia and Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host a successful Congress celebrating the 20th anniversary of FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. You can see our past blog post about that event. [more]

Gearing up for the Vigo dialogue on decent work in the seafood sector

30/09/2016
The upcoming Vigo dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture is an important opportunity to bring a broad range of partners around the table to discuss an extremely pertinent issue. Unfortunately, human rights and labour abuses, including poor working conditions, have recently become front-page news in the mass media. Even as efforts are being made to improve the environmental sustainability of the seafood products reaching the plates of the consumers, those same consumers are demanding assurances that those products have been harvested not only in a manner that is environmentally sustainable, but also ensuring decent working conditions for all workers along the seafood value chain. [more]

Training of trainers on fisheries and aquaculture emergencies: Arpita’s story

19/09/2016
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department worked closely with the Emergency Division to develop a Training Programme on Fisheries and Aquaculture Emergency Response and Best Practice for both practitioners in the field and trainers of these practitioners. Last year, the new training was rolled out. [more]

Do new shark and ray species, ornamental fish and nautilus qualify for listing within the CITES Convention?

02/08/2016
FAO has just published expert advice on the merits of changing the listing status of commercially-exploited aquatic species within CITES Appendices. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) will convene a major conference in Johannesburg, South Africa (24 September - 5 October 2016) where more than 180 countries (Parties) will vote on the issue. This report supports Parties in their decision-making. [more]
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