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A round-up of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture staff in the media

We’re lucky enough to have fisheries and aquaculture staff who regularly speak with the media about their activities and areas of expertise, particularly as these issues related to fisheries management, food security, illegal fishing, fish trade, and fisheries’ role in rural development are increasingly being addressed in the news.

Throughout the year, we run regular features on this Blue Growth blog to round-up newspaper, magazine and journal articles, radio programmes, and television interviews highlighting FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture staff as they share their areas of work, in various UN languages, on all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture.


16 February 2016

Striking the right balance between nourishing people and nurturing the planet is perhaps nowhere more challenging than in the oceans and seas. Marine resources, fisheries and aquaculture promise a multitude of benefits in terms of nutrition, livelihoods, economies, and ecosystem services, but at the same time are threatened by overfishing, fishing overcapacity, unsustainable practices and pollution as well as climate change.

Sustainable development Goal 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development – is the latest step on a path that aims to ensure that the riches of the oceans and seas are managed sustainably with benefits shared fairly for present and future generations, as explained in this article by FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Árni M. Matheisen.

The Irish Times

25 February 2016

Rebecca Metzner, Senior Fishery Officer, speaks about the need to create “blue communities” in order implement the Blue Growth Initiative, a long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors.

As Metzner notes, implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries is an important first step.

Down to Earth

7 March 2016

In this article following FAO’s Committee on Fisheries Sub-Committee on Fish Trade in Agadir, Morocco, FAO officers weigh in on the important role international fish trade (estimated at 130 billion USD for 2015) plays in national economies of developing countries. FAO Fisheries Deputy-Director Audun Lem, Aquaculture Officer Alessandro Lovatelli, and Consultant Joseph Catanzano all contribute to this article.


22 December 2015

In this article in Portuguese, Senior Fishery Resources officer Pedro Barros discusses the significance of the first twenty years of the Code of Conduct for Responible Fisheries, related instruments that have been developed alongside the Code of Conduct, what this has meant for the state of fisheries and aquaculture worldwide, and the principal challenges we still face to fully achieving the objectives of the Code of Conduct.

RAI 3 Television, Scala Mercalli Programme

19 March 2016

This episode addresses issues related to the sustainability of fisheries resources, touching upon such issues as illegal fishing, bycatch and overfishing.

This segment includes interviews with FAO’s Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Lahsen Ababouch and Fishery Resources Officer Marcelo Vasconcellos. (Segment on fisheries begins at 01:08:00)




UN Radio Interview

30 November 2015

In this interview in Spanish with UN Radio during the UNFCCC COP-21 meeting in Paris, Senior Aquaculture Officer Doris Soto speaks about the type of pressure climate change places on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and what can be done by those working in the sector to adapt to these changes.

We hope you enjoyed this review of staff members in the news. To see an earlier roundup of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture staff in the media, please click here.


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