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Exploring solutions to promote decent work in fisheries and aquaculture

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

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

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

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]

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