FAO Fisheries Report No. 780

FAO Fisheries Report No. 780

FIPL/R780 (En)
Report of the Twenty-Sixth Session of the
COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES
Rome, 7-11 March 2005


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2005

 

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Report of the twenty-sixth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 7-11 March 2005.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 780. Rome, FAO. 2005. 88p.

ABSTRACT

The twenty-sixth Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) was held in Rome, Italy, from 7 to 11 March 2005. The Committee reviewed the issues of an international character and the programme of work of the FAO Fisheries Department in fisheries and aquaculture. The Committee commended FAO on its report on the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its associated instruments and called for a "decade of implementation" of the various instruments developed to ensure responsible fisheries. The Committee called upon Members to accept, ratify or accede to, as appropriate, these instruments. The Committee encouraged FAO to elaborate additional guidelines in support of the Code, including one for the implementation of the International Plan of Action for the Management of Fishing Capacity. The need to initiate international negotiations on the monitoring of fishing vessels within the framework of the Code of Conduct concerning its implementation was underlined. The Committee welcomed the revised Code and Voluntary Guidelines for the Design, Construction and Equipment of Small Fishing Vessels that had been prepared by FAO, the International Labour Organization and the International Maritime Organization. The Committee expressed concern at the proliferation of international fora addressing fisheries matters, some of which lacked sound technical and scientific bases for discussion. The FAO’s medium- to long-term rehabilitation strategy for the fisheries and aquaculture sector in countries affected by the Tsunami was endorsed. Guidelines on ecolabelling of fish and fishery products were adopted. The Committee agreed to give greater attention to small-scale fisheries and to allocate more resources in their support. The Committee expressed its appreciation to FAO and donor countries for giving greater attention to small-scale fisheries and for allocating more resources in their support. It welcomed the advance version of the Code of Conduct Guidelines on Enhancing the Contribution of Small-Scale Fisheries to Poverty Alleviation and Food Security. The Committee stressed that COFI and FAO should continue to provide leadership and maintain an assertive role in fisheries. The Committee commended FAO for the improvements made in the presentation of the Medium Term Plan and Preliminary Programme of Work Proposals for 2006-2007. The Committee underlined that additional allotments should be made to the Major Programme 2.3 "Fisheries".

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CONTENTS

PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT

MATTERS REQUIRING THE ATTENTION OF THE COUNCIL

INTRODUCTION

ELECTION OF THE CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSONS AND DESIGNATION OF THE DRAFTING COMMITTEE

OPENING OF THE SESSION

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION

PROGRESS REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES AND RELATED INTERNATIONAL PLANS OF ACTION (CAPACITY, IUU FISHING, SEABIRDS AND SHARKS) AND THE STRATEGY FOR IMPROVING INFORMATION ON STATUS AND TRENDS OF CAPTURE FISHERIES

ASSISTANCE TO THE FISHING COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE TSUNAMI IN THE INDIAN OCEAN AND MEASURES TO REHABILITATE AND REACTIVATE THE FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SECTORS IN THE COUNTRIES CONCERNED

DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NINTH SESSION OF THE COFI SUB-COMMITTEE ON FISH TRADE (BREMEN, GERMANY, 10 - 14 FEBRUARY 2004) INCLUDING RECENT DEVELOPMENTS WITH REGARD TO ECOLABELLING AND CITES

DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE COFI SUB-COMMITTEE ON AQUACULTURE (TRONDHEIM, NORWAY, 7 - 11 AUGUST 2003)

ENABLING RESPONSIBLE SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES, THROUGH THE CREATION OF A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

DEEP-SEA FISHERIES

SEA TURTLES CONSERVATION AND FISHERIES

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS AND FISHERIES

REVIEW OF MAJOR PROGRAMME 2.3 "FISHERIES": PLANNED ACTIVITIES OVER THE PERIOD 2006 - 2011, AS REGARDS MAJOR PROGRAMME 2.3 "FISHERIES" AND PRELIMINARY INFORMATION ON PROGRAMME OF WORK AND BUDGET PROPOSALS FOR 2006 - 2007

ANY OTHER MATTERS

DATE AND PLACE OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SESSION

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT

APPENDIX A - Agenda

APPENDIX B - List of delegates and observers

MEMBERS
OBSERVERS

APPENDIX C - List of documents

APPENDIX D - Opening statement by Mr David A. Harcharik Deputy Director-General

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