Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Doha, the State of Qatar, 27 October 2010

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 954

Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture
Doha, the State of Qatar, 27 October 2010






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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ABSTRACT

FAO/Regional Commission for Fisheries.
Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Doha, the State of Qatar, 27 October 2010
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 954. Rome, FAO. 2010. 70p.

The fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Doha, the State of Qatar, on 27 October 2010 and was attended by the representatives from seven Member countries. The WGA reviewed the outcome and recommendations of the Special Meeting on RECOFI Consolidation and Development held in Rome in May 2010 at the request of the Commission at its Fifth session. The WGA in acknowledging the suggestions made at this meeting, requested the Secretariat to communicate to its Members the options to be considered for strengthening the Commission, well in advance of its next session. The WGA discussed national and regional follow-up actions to the two WGA technical workshops on Aquatic Animal Health (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 6-10 April 2008) and on Sustainable Marine Cage Aquaculture Development (Muscat, Oman, 25-27 January 2009). In general, it was agreed that the Members benefitted from technical workshops organized under the aegis of the Commission. It was nevertheless noted that an efficient mechanism on how to best ensure a coordinated and region-wide response and follow-up to key technical recommendations was needed. A brief presentation on the joint RECOFI WGA and Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) Regional Technical Workshop on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, held in Doha, Qatar, from 24 to 28 October, was presented highlighting the key recommendations and suggested follow-up outputs. The meeting discussed the Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS) following the presentation of the first Web analysis report which indicated a steady interest in the information system particularly among the Arabic speaking countries. Actions to further consolidate the system were discussed along with the need to improve the overall communication outputs at the national and regional levels. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the next intersessional period, based also on the recommendations from its previous technical workshops. 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 WGA Focal Point of Qatar was nominated as the new WGA Chairperson.



Table of Contents

OPENING OF THE MEETING

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

REVIEW OF AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT

OUTCOME OF THE SPECIAL MEETING ON RECOFI CONSOLIDATION

REVIEW ON COUNTRY FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES

 

Aquatic animal health
Sustainable marine cage aquaculture

OUTCOME OF THE RECOFI WORKSHOP ON SPATIAL PLANNING

REGIONAL AQUACULTURE INFORMATION SYSTEM (RAIS)

 

RAIS web analysis
Implementation of the RAIS communication strategy
National RAIS data collection and submission

PRGRAMME OF WORK AND BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM 05/2011-05/2013

ELECTION OF WGA CHAIRPERSON

 

Election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson
Confirmation of WGA Focal Points and Alternate Focal Points

ANY OTHER MATTERS

DATE AND PLACE OF THE SIXTH MEETING

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT


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Agenda
List of participants
List of documents
The FAO "National Aquaculture Sector Overview" Programme
National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – Bahrain
National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – Iran, Islamic Republic of National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – Iraq
National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – Kuwait
National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – Oman
National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – Qatar
National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – Saudi Arabia
National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) – United Arab Emirates
RAIS Web analysis summary report
National RECOFI-WGA Focal Points and Alternate Focal Points
RECOFI publications (2008 to present)




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