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This is the final version of the report as approved by the twenty-fourth session of the Committee on Fisheries held in Rome from 26 February to 2 March 2001.


All FAO Member Nations and Associate Members
Participants at the session
Other interested nations and national and international Organizations
FAO Fisheries Department
Fishery Officers in FAO Regional Offices

Report of the twenty-fourth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 26 February-2 March 2001.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 655. Rome, FAO. 2001. 87p.


The Twenty-fourth Session of the Committee on Fisheries was held in Rome, Italy, from 26 February to 2 March 2001. The Committee agreed to establish a Sub-Committee on Aquaculture and adopted the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IPOA-IUU). FAO was commended for its continuous efforts in promoting the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related IPOAs. The Committee agreed that future reporting on the application of the Code and related IPOAs be based on in-depth analysis of problems associated with its efficient implementation, using case studies and ensuring regional coverage.

The Committee recommended further studies on subsidies, and a technical consultation to consider how fishery status and trends reporting could be improved effectively, including the possible development of an IPOA on Status and Trends Reporting on Fisheries. The Committee agreed on a process regarding FAO input to CITES on its Listing Criteria; recommended the organization of a technical consultation on the subject; and suggested that in the event agreement could not be achieved, the report of the technical consultation of June 2000 be sent to CITES Secretariat as the formal FAO input to CITES review process. The Committee appreciated the valuable contribution of the FAO/DANIDA Project on Fish Quality Assurance to capacity building in developing countries, commended the quality of work of the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade; and welcomed the Medium-Term Plan for Fisheries and identified the expected results of the Programme. The Committee identified priority areas of work for the Fisheries Department during the biennium 2002-2003, and the areas of work for its Sub-Committee on Fish Trade.

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Our Ref.: FI 5/4.24

Your Ref.:

2 March 2001


I have the honour to transmit to you herewith the report of the Twenty-fourth Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), which was held in Rome from 26 February to 2 March 2001.

Accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.

Masayuki Komatsu
Committee on Fisheries

Mr Sjarifudin Baharsjah
Independent Chairman
Council of FAO

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