FACTORS OF UNSUSTAINABILITY AND OVEREXPLOITATION IN MARINE FISHERIES

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular No. 1037

Factors of unsustainability and overexploitation in marine fisheries - Views from the southern Mediterranean, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.

by
Clotilde Bodiguel
FAO Consultant
Dominique Gréboval
Senior Fishery Planning Officer, FAO
Jean-Jacques Maguire
FAO Consultant

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Rome 2009

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PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT

In 2001, project GCP/INT/788/JPN, was initiated by FAO, with financial support from the Government of Japan. The aim of the project was to address issues related to factors of overexploitation and unsustainability in fisheries, as a way to improve the framework for the implementation of international fisheries instruments.

Within the framework of this project, three international workshops were held in order to review the implementation of international fisheries instruments and to attain a worldwide overview of what factors contribute to unsustainability and overexploitation in fisheries. These workshops were held over a three-year period in: Bangkok, Thailand, from 4 to 8 February 2002 ("the Bangkok Workshop"); Mauritius, from 3 to 7 February 2003 ("the Mauritius Workshop"); and Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 13 to 16 September 2004 ("the Siem Reap Workshop").

After the completion of these international workshops, two technical papers were prepared - one summarizing the conclusions of the workshops (Appendix A of this document) and one on the methodological framework within which the discussions had taken place (Appendix B of this document). In order to attain a regional perspective on factors of overexploitation and unsustainability, particularly in relation to the specific issues or the constraints and opportunities facing developing countries, the technical papers mentioned above were used as a basis for discussion at three regional workshops: The first workshop on regional factors of unsustainability was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 28 November to 1 December 2005 (the Dakar Workshop), and focused on the southern Mediterranean and West Africa.

The second regional workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 13 to 16 November 2006, and focused on Southeast Asia.

The third regional workshop was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, from 6 to 8 December 2006, and focused on the Caribbean.

This document contains the reports of these workshops, including overall conclusions and recommendations. The document was compiled and edited by Clotilde Bodiguel, FAO Consultant; Dominique Gréboval, FAO Senior Fishery Planning Officer and Technical Secretary of the Workshops; and Jean-Jacques Maguire, FAO Consultant.

 

Bodiguel, C.; Gréboval, D.; Maguire, J.J. (eds.).
Factors of unsustainability and overexploitation in marine fisheries - Views from the southern Mediterranean, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular. No. 1037. Rome, FAO. 2009. 89p.

ABSTRACT

With financial support from the Government of Japan, an FAO project was initiated in 2001 to address issues related to factors of overexploitation and unsustainability in fisheries, as a way to improve the framework for the implementation of international fisheries instruments.

Within the framework of this project, three international workshops were held in order to review the implementation of international fisheries instruments and to attain a worldwide overview of what factors contribute to unsustainability and overexploitation in fisheries. Further, in order to attain a regional perspective on such factors, particularly in relation to the specific issues or the constraints and opportunities facing developing countries, three regional workshops were held focusing on the southern Mediterranean, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.

This document contains the reports of these regional workshops, including supporting technical documentation.

CONTENTS


Preparation of this document

Abstract

Preface

Abbreviations and acronyms

PART 1: REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE UNSUSTAINABILITY AND OVEREXPLOITATION OF MARINE FISHERIES IN THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN AND WEST AFRICA

PART 2: REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE UNSUSTAINABILITY AND OVEREXPLOITATION OF MARINE FISHERIES IN ASEAN COUNTRIES

PART 3: REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOR CARICOM MEMBER COUNTRIES ON FACTORS OF UNSUSTAINABILITY AND OVEREXPLOITATION IN MARINE FISHERIESS

PART 4: TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE WORKSHOPS

 


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