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Celebrating World Wetlands Day by recognizing the important role of inland fisheries

02/02/2017
Today marks celebrates World Wetlands Day, thereby marking the day on 2 February 1971 when the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Now commonly known as the Ramsar Convention, this intergovernmental treaty provides a framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wide use of wetlands and their resources. Many people may not make the immediate connection to fisheries, but FAO’s Simon Funge-Smith, FAO Senior Fisheries Resources Officer thinks today is an important day to speak about the important role inland fisheries play in wetland areas. [more]

Fisheries and Biodiversity: Strengthening implementation of threatened species conventions to aid recovery

18/01/2017
Exports of a growing number of marine fishes are regulated by the Convention on International Trade for Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Most recently, at a meeting of over 180 nation states - the Conference of the Parties, COP17 of CITES in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2016 - Parties to the CITES convention decided to add silky sharks, thresher sharks and devil rays along with the clarion angelfish (a Mexican endemic ornamental fish) to Appendix II listing controls. [more]

Enhancing the quality of fisheries and aquaculture emergency preparedness and response in the Near East and North Africa region

16/12/2016
The Fisheries and Aquaculture team of the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa, in collaboration with the WorldFish in Egypt, organized a “Regional Training on Fisheries and Aquaculture Emergency Response” 5-7 December. [more]

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]

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