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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]

Helping to reduce bycatch in Latin America and the Caribbean

21/12/2015
In recent years, the bycatch (the fish or other marine species caught unintentionally when targeting different species) of fishery resources has become a concern for various actors, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, scientists, policy makers, conservation organizations and the general public. Public scrutiny has grown alongside a heighted interest in conservation issues and concerns about the magnitude of food loss and waste. The levels of bycatch can vary tremendously from industry to industry, but the general trend raises concerns. For instance, on average, the quantity of bycatch for a tropical shrimp trawl can reach a level 3 to 15 times higher than the targeted species. 1.9 million tonnes of bycatch is discarded annually from shrimp trawlers alone. [more]

Managing Ciguatera fish poisoning requires broad partnerships

17/12/2015
Ciguatera is increasingly attracting greater public attention and discussion among the general public and within the community of food safety experts. As the geographical instances of ciguatera fish poisoning expand, discussion is turning to the implications this may have on the diets and nutrition of the affected regions and on international fish trade. Earlier this week, FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, jointly with the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, organized an interagency meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (UNESCO-IOC), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). [more]

Fishing – A man’s world?

14/12/2015
This was the provocative title of an interesting AgTalk held at FAO’s sister agency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy on 10 December. Fisheries and aquaculture play an important role in addressing global poverty and food insecurity. About 60 million people worldwide are employed in the primary sectors of fisheries and aquaculture. 85 percent of those 60 million work in Asia and an additional 10 percent in Africa. In rural areas, fisheries have a very important socioeconomic and cultural dimension as a source of livelihoods and a way of life. Women have a big stake in fisheries and aquaculture, particularly in fish processing and marketing, where they constitute 90 per cent of the labour force. At least 15 percent of all people directly engaged in the fisheries primary sector are women. [more]

Boosting trade: Training fish inspectors in Poti, Georgia

07/12/2015
Georgia, a small country in the Caucasus with a population of 3.7 million, enjoys significant marine fisheries resources. With a coastline along the Black Sea, its annual catch of Black Sea anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) totals 60 000 metric tonnes. Most of this catch is currently sold fresh to neighboring countries or processed into fish meal and oil. However, Georgia would like to be able to export directly to the European Union (EU), the world’s largest importer of fish and seafood products in terms of value. In 2014, the EU imported fish and seafood products for a value of 21 billion euro, making this an extremely interesting export market for countries like Georgia. [more]

Spotlight on Abidjan: Strengthening coastal fisheries

04/12/2015
It’s fitting that while world attention this week is focused on the important climate change negotiations taking place in Paris, France at COP21, a small group of experts in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire are planning how to improve the livelihoods, food security and resilience of one of the groups most affected by climate change: coastal communities. Globally, more than 40 percent of the population lives within 100 km of the coast. For coastal communities along western Africa, oceans are central to the lives of those residents – providing incomes and livelihoods to fishers and those working in related industries and serving as an important and healthy source of protein and essential nutrients. But the effects of climate change, unsustainable fishing and environmental practices, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing are taking their toll on the livelihoods of these vital fishing communities. [more]
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