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

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?

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]

Winding down at #COFI32 Day 4

With most of the major item having been covered over the previous days of #COFI32, the day’s deliberations focused on FAO’s programme of Work in fisheries and aquaculture under the FAO Strategic Framework and the Committee’s Multi-year Programme of Work. Some of the highlights to note from Plenary during Day 4 are the following: [more]

Half-way through #COFI32 week, a Day 3 wrap-up

It was a beautiful day outside FAO Headquarters in Rome, but delegates had little chance to wander out of the Plenary Hall or the meeting rooms during a hectic Day 3 of the 32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, #COFI32. The Agenda for Wednesday included the following: [more]

A busy Day 2 for #COFI32

Day two of the week-long 32nd session on the Committee on Fisheries shaped up as another busy day. A busy agenda went well into the evening, with the following agenda items discussed: Agenda item 5: Decisions and recommendations of the Fifteenth Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade, Agadir, Morocco, 22-26 February 2016. Agenda item 6: Decisions and recommendations of the Eighth Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture, Brasilia, Brazil, 5–9 October 2015. Agenda item 7: Combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing [more]

Day one of a week dedicated to fisheries and aquaculture

The FAO Atrium was transformed into blue for the opening day of the 32nd session on FAO’s Committee on Fisheries, meeting at FAO’s Rome Headquarters 11-15 July 2016. On Monday morning, FAO’s Plenary Hall was full for the first day of sessions. 562 registered delegates from 126 countries took part in COFI on its first day, including H.E. Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, and 25 Ministers. Attendees also included 102 observers from intergovernmental organizations and 110 from non-governmental organizations. [more]

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) takes steps to conserve sea mounts in the Atlantic, and to harmonize the management of fisheries of Queen Conch, Spiny Lobster and Flying Fish

The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), a body of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), convened in Guadeloupe, 20 -24 June for its 16th biennial session. The Commission adopted a range of fisheries management recommendations and resolutions. The Commission followed similar decisions by its neigbouring fisheries commissions and assigned the status of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem (VME) to various seamounts in the deep sea of the high seas part of WECAFC’s mandate area. [more]

More than 580 aquatic species used for global food production from aquaculture!

Preliminary results of an FAO global assessment of farmed aquatic species are reviewed by member countries in Rome: The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture have been working closely with national focal points of member countries around the world to produce the first draft assessment of the State of the Word’s Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. [more]

It’s World Day to Combat Desertification: Have you thought about fisheries today?

Each year, 17 June marks World Day to Combat Desertification. In most of the policy discussions surrounding the event, fisheries is absent from solutions being proposed to bolster the resilience and meet the food security needs of the 390 million people who live in Sub-Saharan Africa’s dryland regions. As a new study shows, it is crucial that we position fisheries firmly in these discussions as an important component of an integrated livelihoods approach for vulnerable populations in these areas. This is particularly important for dryland areas, where agricultural production is extremely low. [more]

Can strengthening fishing communities decrease migration?

Speaking on the BBC last week and addressing the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans spoke about new initiatives to manage migration in the Mediterranean region better “by helping the fishermen to start to fish again”. Within the work of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, the work of strengthening coastal communities and improving the lives of vulnerable fishing families has consistently been a core area in its work programme. Fishing communities in developing countries are often fragile and more vulnerable than other rural communities. Yet work in fisheries and aquaculture can provide important opportunities for small-scale fishing communities. [more]

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