Oman, 2728 January 2009
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 895 FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 895
FIMA/R895 (En)

REGIONAL COMMISSION FOR FISHERIES

Report of the
FOURTH MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON AQUACULTURE
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2728 January 2009


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2009
 
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Report of the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2728 January 2009.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 895. Rome, FAO. 2009. 44p.

ABSTRACT

The fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 27 to 28 January 2009 and was attended by the representatives from seven member countries. The WGA reviewed the recommendations and decisions of the Commission made at its fourth session (Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 79 May 2007) and noted that all planned and endorsed WGA activities had been duly implemented. The meeting extensively discussed the final activities and inputs to the Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS) in view of its imminent and official launching in March 2009. The participants discussed and agreed on: i) the RAIS User Manual, ii) the promotional flyer, iii) the press release, and iv) the overall communication strategy to launch and to further strengthen the information system. The WGA noted with regret that the start of the Aquaculture legal and policy framework project during the intersessional period was not possible as the agreed financial input from all the contributing Commission members had not been received. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the new intersessional period based on the needs and recommendations resulting from the implementation of activities in the last biennium and emerging issues of importance for the region. The WGA recognized that the Commission, based on its current level of financial contribution, may not have the required budget to implement a comprehensive aquaculture programme and recommended that some activities could be implemented with extrabudgetary funds. The six main activities proposed in order of priority for the new work plan include: 1) application of risk analysis to aquaculture, 2) environmental monitoring in cage aquaculture, 3) impacts of red tides to aquaculture, 4) development of national strategies on aquatic animal health, 5) spatial tools and aquaculture zoning, and 6) aquaculture recirculation strategies. The WGA recommended that the Commission should also encourage and support more training and on-the-job cooperation in the field of aquaculture development among its members as well as in countries outside the region.



CONTENTS

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Report of the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture

OPENING OF THE WORKSHOP

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

REVIEW OF INTERSESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

REGIONAL AQUACULTURE INFORMATION SYSTEM (RAIS)
Role of the RAIS Regional Centre
Presentation and adoption of the RAIS user manual
RAIS communication strategy
Other matters

AQUACULTURE LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK PROJECT

WGA PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 20092011

          Application of risk analysis to aquaculture
          Environmental monitoring in cage aquaculture
          Impacts of red tides to aquaculture
          Development of a national strategy on aquatic animal health
          Spatial tools and aquaculture zoning
          Aquaculture recirculation technologies
          Aquaculture legal and policy framework project
          Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS)

ANY OTHER MATTERS

         Regional training cooperation
         Confirmation of WGA Focal Points and Alternate Focal Points

NOMINATION OF THE WGA CHAIRPERSON

DATE AND VENUE OF THE FIFTH MEETING

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT

APPENDIXES

A.  Annotated agenda
B.  List of participants
C.  List of documents
D.  Regional Aquaculture Information System: Draft User Manual
E.  Regional Aquaculture Information System: Draft flyer
F.  Regional Aquaculture Information System: Draft press release
G.  Regional Aquaculture Information System: Communication strategy
H.  Agreed activities prior to the official launching of the Regional Aquaculture
     Information System
I.   National RECOFI-WGA Focal Points and Alternate Focal Points


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