FAO Fisheries Report No. 830 FAO Fisheries Report No. 830
FIEL/R830 (En)

Report of the twenty-seventh session of the
COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES
Rome,
59 March 2007


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2007
 
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ABSTRACT

The twenty-seventh session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) was held in Rome, Italy, from 5 to 9 March 2007. The Committee reviewed the issues of an international character and the programme of work of FAO/FI in fisheries and aquaculture. In addition to the further work to facilitate and ensure the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its International Plans of Action (IPOAs) (on capacity; illegal, unreported and unregulated [IUU] fishing; sharks; and seabirds), COFI welcomed the pending submission of a general multi-year programme of work on genetic resource management in fisheries and aquaculture. The Committee expressed concern about the level of fishing capacity which was higher than prior to the 2004 tsunami in some of the areas affected by the disaster and recognized that it called for (with FAO assistance as required) the design and implementation of sustainable and effective fisheries management arrangements that included a gradually phasing out fishing overcapacity, monitoring, access and livelihood considerations. COFI also referred to the issue of safety-at-sea in relation to the use of sub-standard vessels. The Committee recognized the importance of traceability for fish trade and welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The Committee reaffirmed its trust in FAO to play a coordinating role in advancing the global aquaculture agenda and highlighted the importance of addressing socio-economic impacts of aquaculture and other issues, such as improving planning and policy development at national and regional levels. The Committee agreed to give greater attention to small-scale fisheries and welcomed the convening of a broad-based international conference focusing specifically on small-scale fisheries. The Committee encouraged Members to join or cooperate with the voluntary International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Network and to develop a new legally binding instrument based on the Model Scheme on Port State Measures to Combat IUU Fishing and the IPOIUU. The Committee identified several areas for further work on issues related to the ecosystem approach to fisheries. The Committee found the level of the budget assigned to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department unsatisfactory and not commensurate with the importance of its work and the expectations of the international community, and made a strong request that the relevant FAO Governing Bodies allocate more resources to the Department.



CONTENTS

Report of the twenty-seventh session of the Committee on Fisheries

MATTERS REQUIRING THE ATTENTION OF THE COUNCIL

INTRODUCTION

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

OPENING OF THE SESSION

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION

PROGRESS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR
RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES, RELATED INTERNATIONAL PLANS OF ACTION
AND STRATEGY

REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF LIVELIHOODS IN THE
FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SECTOR IN COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY
THE TSUNAMI IN 2004

DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TENTH SESSION OF THE
COFI SUB-COMMITTEE ON FISH TRADE

DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE
COFI SUB-COMMITTEE ON AQUACULTURE

SOCIAL ISSUES IN SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES

COMBATING ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED (IUU) FISHING
THROUGH MONITORING, CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE, PORT STATES
MEASURES AND OTHER MEANS

IMPLEMENTING THE ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO FISHERIES, INCLUDING
DEEP-SEA FISHERIES, MARINE DEBRIS AND LOST AND ABANDONED
GEAR

STRENGTHENING REGIONAL FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS
(RFMOs) AND THEIR PERFORMANCES INCLUDING THE OUTCOME OF THE
2007 TUNA RFMOs MEETING

FAO'S PROGRAMME OF WORK IN FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

ANY OTHER MATTERS

DATE AND PLACE OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH SESSION

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT

APPENDIXES
A  Agenda
B  List of delegates and observers
C  List of documents
D  Opening statement by Mr David A. Harcharik, Deputy Director-General
E  Statement by Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General,
     International Maritime Organization

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