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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]

Let’s talk about sharks…

New proposals to change the lists of species protected under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) include four species of sharks, (silky shark and three species of thresher sharks), all the devil rays, one stingray, two ornamental marine fishes (Banggai cardinalfish and clarion angelfish) and all the species of the mollusc nautilus. To review these proposals, this week FAO is convening the Fifth meeting of the FAO-CITES Expert Advisory Panel, 6 - 10 June, at its Headquarters in Rome, Italy. [more]

Port State Measures Agreement enters into force as international treaty

Today, it was announced that the Port State Measures Agreement has reached – and even surpassed – the twenty-five parties needed for the Agreement to enter into force as a binding, international treaty designed to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Six nations entered as the twenty-fifth to thirtieth parties to the Agreement, allowing the Agreement to enter into force as an international treaty on 5 June 2016. See the press release issued today: Ground-breaking illegal fishing accord soon to enter into force: FAO Port State Measures Agreement set to become binding law. [more]

Promoting gender in fisheries activities in Somalia

Rebuilding the fisheries sector in Somalia, following years of conflict, is crucial for strengthening food security and nutrition among the Somali population and generating employment in the sector. 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. Generating employment in the fisheries sector is also key, especially for women. Employment rates are particularly low for women, with the 2012 Human Development Report index placing that figure at 75% unemployment among Somali women. [more]

Developing sustainable aquaculture in Angola

Due to its favourable environmental conditions and available water resources, the southern African nation of Angola has excellent potential for freshwater and marine aquaculture development. Most emphasis on fisheries in the country until now has been concentrated on marine capture fisheries, and the fishing sector is the third most important sector for the Angolan economy, following the oil and diamond industries. Currently, Angolan aquaculture production remains relatively modest, with an estimated 305 tonnes of production of mostly Nile tilapia, according to 2014 statistics published by FAO. This limited aquaculture production also translates into poor availability of quality fish seed and feed available and limited technical capacity in the region, areas that would require improvement to expand the sector. [more]

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