CoverFAO Fisheries Report No. 790   FIRI/R790
REGIONAL COMMISSION FOR FISHERIES
Report of the
SECOND MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUPON AQUACULTURE
Muscat, Oman, 29–30 November 2005

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PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT

This document is the final report approved by the participants at the second meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) held in Muscat, Oman, from 29 to 30 November 2005. The document also contains the report of the first meeting of the WGA held in Manama, Bahrain from 18 to 20 April 2004, along with the recommendations to RECOFI on the formation of the Working Group on Aquaculture. This document finally contains the Note verbale produced during an ad hoc meeting held in Kuwait from 16 to 18 February 2003, when the practical implications of establishing a regional aquaculture subsidiary body under RECOFI including benefits to the member countries and financial implications were initially discussed.

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Report of the second meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Muscat, Oman, 29–30 November 2005.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 790.Rome, FAO. 2006. 65p.
ABSTRACT
The second meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 29 to 30 November 2005 and was attended by experts from all the members of the Commission. The WGA reviewed the decisions and recommendations of the third session of the Commission held in Doha, Qatar, from 9 to 11 May 2005, and the activities of the WGA that followed. Among the activities, the experts acknowledged that progress had been made with regards to the technical arrangements that would lead to the preparation of the RECOFI Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS). However, it was noted that the system could not be developed as the budgeted funds had yet to be submitted by the hosting country. In this regard, the expert from Kuwait reconfirmed the commitment and willingness of its Government to host and finance the system and that the funds would be submitted by the end of the calendar year. The delay of remitting the funds was due to internal procedures involving different national authorities. It was agreed that should there be a further delay the system would be hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The WGA acknowledged that the legal and policy framework project proposal remained a major regional priority and agreed to actively seek funding support from the Commission members as well as to approach regional donor agencies through the coordination of the RECOFI Secretariat. Other activities discussed at the meeting included the introduction of exotic species to the region and the preparation of a regional technical workshop on marine stock enhancement and artificial reefs. The WGA reviewed and adopted the structure of the technical guidelines for the control and responsible use of alien species in fisheries and aquaculture drafted by the Fisheries Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other organizations in support of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).

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CONTENTS

OPENING OF THE MEETING

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND MEETING ARRANGEMENTS

RECOFI REGIONAL AQUACULTURE INFORMATION SYSTEM

AQUACULTURE LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK PROJECT PROPOSAL

INTRODUCTION OF EXOTIC SPECIES IN THE RECOFI REGION

WORKSHOP ON MARINE STOCK ENHANCEMENT AND ARTIFICIAL REEFS

RECOFI WORKING GROUP ON AQUACULTURE FOCAL POINTS

DATE AND PLACE OF THE THIRD MEETING

OTHER MATTERS

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT

APPENDIXES

A     Agenda

B     List of participants

C     List of documents

D     Opening statement
by Mr Ahmed Hareb Al-Hosni, Assistant-Director-General Fisheries Research and Extension, Directorate General of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman

E     Decisions and recommendations of the third session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries

F     Estimated cost and timeframe for the development of RAIS

G     Contents of the RAIS

H     RECOFI legal and policy framework project proposal

I       Key elements to be included in the Technical Guidelines on Responsible Use and Control of Alien Species

J     RECOFI logo proposal

ANNEXES

1     Report of the First meeting of the RECOFI Working Group on Aquaculture

1A     List of participants

1B     Agenda

1C     List of documents

1D     Project justification, objectives and draft terms of references

2     Technical aquaculture meeting report. Recommendations to RECOFI on the formation of a Working Group on Aquaculture

3     Terms of reference –Working Group on Aquaculture

4     Note verbale of the Ad hoc Meeting on the Management of Shrimp Fisheries and Aquaculture in the RECOFI region