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How to improve fisheries management in the Congo? Call in the foresters!

The Central African country of the Republic of Congo enjoys substantial fisheries resources. Their inland water sources, lakes and rivers, are replete with numerous fish species. Until now, the relative abundance of fish and the low levels of fishing meant that the need to devise fisheries management plans was not considered a priority. Going forward, however, it will be essential to develop such plans, outlining how much can be fished to allow their fish stocks to remain at biologically sustainable levels and to ensure that overfishing does not occur. Fish is widely consumed in the Congolese diet, with an average of 26.5 kg of fish consumed per capita annually. This should be measured against estimated averages of nearly 20 kg per capita at a global level and an average for Africa of only 9.8 kg per capita. [more]

Guess what’s for dinner? Healthy, nutritious fish byproduct powder

Admittedly, when you’re planning tonight’s dinner menu, it’s not the first answer that springs to mind. But fish byproducts – the commonly ‘wasted’ parts of fish, like the head, viscera and backbone – are often particularly high in micronutrients. And, as we address the need to sustainably increase fish production to meet a growing demand, while at the same time tackling the large portion of fish and seafood that make up the over 1 billion tonnes of food that are wasted each year, we need to come up with creative ways to fully utilize our food products. [more]

On International Women’s Day, recognizing women’s role in fisheries

8 March marks International Women’s Day (#IWD2016) around the globe. It is a day to celebrate the important role women play in their families, their communities, the workforce and society as a whole. This day is also an ideal time for those of us interested in promoting Blue Growth to reflect on the role of women in fisheries and aquaculture, and we’re including below some of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture's recent activities related to women and their role in the sector. [more]

Day 4 – Wrapping up a day early

There must be something about the warm Moroccan hospitality, or the gentle Agadir sea breezes, but for the first time in recent history, the FAO COFI Sub-committee on Fish Trade has completed its full agenda, adopted the final report, and finalized its work one day early. “The efficiency of this Agadir meeting was remarkable,” according to Audun Lem, Deputy-Director of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and Secretary of the COFI Sub-committee on Fish Trade. “I have been working with the Sub-committee for the past ten sessions, and this is the most inspirational session [more]

Day 3 of COFI Fish Trade, focus on small-scale fisheries and decent work

The third day of FAO’s COFI Sub-committee on Fish Trade concentrated primarily on social issues related to fisheries and aquaculture issues. This was following two intensive days of discussions of papers on Sub-committee agenda items, led by country delegations and observers. To read the wrap-ups of those sessions, you can see our earlier posts on day. This past October, FAO celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. As the celebratory events in Vigo, Spain made clear, environmental and conservation [more]

Fish trade talks continue in Agadir - Day 2

Following a busy opening day of the Fifteenth Session of the COFI Sub-committee on Fish Trade in Agadir, Morocco, the second day of the week-long fish trade meeting continued with another day full of discussion and dialogue on numerous trade issues. The morning agenda continued an item introduced during the previous day’s session, Trade in fisheries services. Other agenda items addressed throughout the day included: [more]

COFI’s Sub-committee on Fish Trade opens today in Agadir

The Fifteenth session of the FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade opened today in Agadir, Morocco. Hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco, the week-long sessions are attended by 49 country delegations, civil society organizations, private industry associations, partners, and observers. The five days of sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including recent developments in fish trade, building resilience along the value chain, Guidelines for Catch Documentation Schemes, Food quality for safety-related market access requirements, trade in fisheries services, Voluntary Guidelines for Small-scale Fisheries, CITES-related activities, monitoring and implementation of Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and impact of aquaculture supply on trade and consumption. [more]

Recipe book promotes nutritional value of fish in Africa – and beyond

Fish is truly nature’s superfood – it contains most of the nutrients you need to lead a healthy life. A good source of protein, minerals and vitamins, fish is especially important for pregnant women, infants and children, and the elderly. This recipe book, entitled Cooking Freshwater Fish, is aimed at encouraging people to appreciate the nutritional value of fish by providing simple, easy to follow step-by-step preparation and cooking instructions for traditional, healthy recipes for freshwater fish. It also proposes some new recipes to try. All recipes can be prepared with available ingredients and equipment typically found in Eastern African villages. [more]

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

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

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]

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