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Anchovies on your pizza? Georgians learn anchovy seasoning techniques in Morocco

08/02/2016
In an earlier post, we wrote about fisheries activity in Georgia, a country in the Caucasus with considerable marine resources. Georgian fishers harvest 60 000 metric tonnes of Black Sea anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) annually. Currently, most of these anchovies are sold fresh to Turkey or processed into fish meal and oil. Georgia would like to meet standards to export its Black Sea anchovies directly to the European Union (EU), but it will have to make necessary changes to its legislation and to meet EU standards for its fish inspections, certification systems, and laboratories. Georgia has been working together with FAO in order to develop these capacities. [more]

Building a future for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

02/02/2016
The future of small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea will be the topic of discussion at a regional conference being held on 7-9 March 2016 in Algiers, Algeria. Small-scale fisheries play a significant social, cultural and economic role in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. In the region, they constitute over 80 percent of the fishing fleet, employ at least 60 percent of workers directly engaged in fishing activity, and account for approximately 25 percent of the total landing value from capture fisheries. [more]

Advancing aquaponics development in Indonesia

01/02/2016
A recent technical training workshop on Advancing Aquaponics was held in Bogor, Indonesia, 23–26 November 2015. Eleven international participants from ten countries (Colombia, Fiji, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Samoa and Timor Leste) and one regional body (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) attended the sessions. The workshop was a product of a side-event during the Thirty-first Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) presented by the Indonesian delegation on the topic of Bumina/Yumina, a special form of aquaponics particularly appropriate for developing nations. [more]

Understanding fish trade: Preparing for Agadir

29/01/2016
Fish and fishery products are among the most traded food commodities worldwide. For many countries, fishery exports are essential to national economies. Estimates for 2015 place the value of international fish trade at 130 billion USD, indicating a sharp drop from the fish trade peak of 144 billion USD reached in 2014. Although traded volumes remain steady over the two year period, the decline in value is largely due to currency fluctuations. over the two year period, the decline in value is largely due to currency fluctuations. The fisheries sector today is operating in an increasingly globalized environment – where fish may be produced in one country, processed in a second, and consumed in a third. [more]

The path to ratification: Port State Measures Agreement gains momentum

27/01/2016
It is beginning to look as if 2016 will be a landmark year in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Just as 2015 was about to come to a close, the instruments of adherence to the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) of Mauritius, Somalia, Palau, Costa Rica, and Saint Kitts and Nevis were recorded by Depository – the Director General of FAO - bringing the total number of ratifications and accessions to the Agreement to 18. In the first days of 2016, FAO welcomed the Republic of Korea as the 19th State to deposit its instrument of adherence to the Agreement. [more]

Do you know where the fish on your plate comes from?

22/01/2016
Seafood products are among the most widely traded food commodities – totaling around USD 145 billion per year. As the seafood industry becomes increasingly globalized, there is a heightened demand on the part of consumers to know exactly where their fish and seafood products are coming from. In the seafood industry, this is called ‘traceability’, and seafood industry experts are increasingly speaking in terms of ‘sea to plate’ traceability to meet growing consumer demand. According to Audun Lem, Deputy-Director of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, traceabilty is important for two main reasons. “The first is related to quality and safety issues. [more]

Rehabilitating the fisheries sector in Somalia

13/01/2016
After years of conflict in Somalia, the fisheries sector in the country requires investment and capacity building to generate income and enhance food security for the communities along the country’s 3,300-km coastline and for fishing communities in riverine areas that are dependent on fish for their livelihoods and nutritional needs. In Somalia today, over one million people face severe food insecurity, while an estimated 307,800 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, according to FAO data. Sustainable fisheries can serve a key role tackling food insecurity and malnutrition in the country, as well as generating rural employment and building resilience of fishing communities. [more]

Napoleon in the Pacific?

29/12/2015
A recent workshop in Indonesia addressed the iconic reef fish, the Humphead wrasse – more commonly known as the Napoleon fish – that is found in shallow, tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Napoleon fish can grow to the size of a large man. With its numbers decreasing over the past two decades, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) now lists the Napoleon fish among its protected species. This listing level still allows for exports, but only within a carefully managed fisheries programme. [more]

Challenges to coastal fisheries communities in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

23/12/2015
During a recent workshop in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to shape a five-year GEF-FAO Western Africa project implemented in partnership with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Cabo Verde and Senegal, FAO officers visited coastal fishing communities and fisherfolk organizations to better understand the principle challenges to improving coastal fisheries in Côte d’Ivoire. Côte d’Ivoire has a vibrant market for fish, with total production estimated at around 90 000 tonnes of fish annually. This figure is combined with the 260 000 tonnes imported each year, illustrating the strong demand for fish and fish products domestically. [more]

4000 kilometers across the Sudan to meet with Nile River fishing communities

22/12/2015
During a recent FAO Fisheries assessment study, a team covered 4 000 km along the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Nile, over 17 days – meeting with 39 focus groups in 18 villages in Blue Nile State, Sennar State, White Nile State, Khartoum State, River Nile State, and Northern State. Paula Anton, Junior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa, and Lori Curtis, consultant, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department recently completed an assessment of fishers and aquaculture farmers livelihoods along the Nile in Sudan. The two were part of a technical team of 4, which visited 18 villages across five states. [more]
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