With financial support from Japan, an FAO project was initiated in 2001 to address issues related to factors of unsustainability and overexploitation in fisheries (Project GCP/INT/788/JPN). The aim of this project is to develop ways and means to better address major factors of overexploitation and unsustainability, giving special consideration to providing guidance on action that could be taken towards improving sustainability and food security in general and, in particular, towards the implementation of major international fisheries instruments.
An international Workshop on factors of unsustainability and overexploitation in fisheries was organized in the context of this project from 4 to 8 February 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The present document contains the report of the Workshop, the discussion papers that were prepared by FAO to serve as reference documents and as a basis for group work, as well as notes submitted to the Workshop by some of the participants. In the present document, no attempt was made to analyse findings or to revise accordingly the papers presented at the Workshop. This document and, in particular, the conclusions and recommendations adopted by Workshop participants will serve as a basis for further work aimed at improved fisheries management and a more effective implementation of major international fisheries instruments.
The document was compiled and edited by Dr Dominique Gréboval, Senior Fishery Planning Officer (FAO Fisheries Department) and Technical Secretary of the Workshop.
Participants in the Workshop
FAO Fisheries Department
Fisheries Officers in FAO Regional Offices
Gréboval, D. (comp.)
Report and documentation of the International Workshop on Factors Contributing to Unsustainability and Overexploitation in Fisheries. Bangkok, Thailand, 4-8 February 2002.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 672. Rome, FAO. 2002. 173p.
An international workshop was organized in order to review and assess factors contributing to unsustainability and overexploitation in fisheries. The workshop addressed, inter alia, the following questions: What are the key factors contributing to fisheries unsustainability and overexploitation and how do these factors interact in general and under major fisheries management systems? Which are the priority issues in addressing fisheries unsustainability and overexploitation and what are the best practical approaches to address these factors in order to contribute to responsible fisheries management?
Preliminary considerations were also given to related issues such as how and in what way these factors were addressed in international fisheries instruments and whether the current instruments are sufficient to address these factors.
This document contains the report of the workshop as well as discussion papers prepared for the workshop and notes submitted by participants. This document and, in particular, the conclusions and recommendations adopted by Workshop participants can serve as a basis for further work aimed at improved fisheries management and a more effective implementation of major international fisheries instruments.