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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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]

Stronger collaboration with Albania on sustainable Mediterranean fisheries and aquaculture

The Republic of Albania is an important player in the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of FAO (http://www.fao.org/gfcm/en/), the regional fisheries management organization based in Rome and which counts 23 countries from the Mediterranean and Black Sea basins as members. The collaboration already existing is poised to become stronger following a bilateral agreement signed between FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration of the Republic of Albania aimed at strengthening cooperation and technical assistance activities in fisheries and aquaculture over the next years. [more]

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

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]

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