Report of the eighteenth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome,  10–14 April 1989

FAO Fisheries Report. No. 416

Report of the eighteenth session of the
Committee on Fisheries
Rome, 10–14 April 1989






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 1989


ABSTRACT

FAO.
Report of the eighteenth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 10–14 April 1989.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 416. Rome, FAO. 1989. 48p.

The Committee on Fisheries at its Eighteenth Session reviewed the trends and prospects for capture fisheries and aquaculture for the next 25 years and approved the main areas for emphasis and priority attention of the future FAO fishery programmes.It endorsed the policy of concentration by FAO on those issues in world fisheries in which it has a comparative advantage and special mandate.The Committee discussed the functions and achievements of the FAO regional fishery bodies and their role in TCDC and ECDC and expressed unanimous support for the work of these bodies. It concluded that the lack of financial resources was a serious problem for almost all FAO regional fishery bodies and urged donors to give support.

The Committee also reviewed the progress in implementing the World Fisheries Conference's Programmes of Action; it agreed that they should continue to provide an international framework and guidelines for fisheries management and development and endorsed their extension beyond the period 1985–89.

The Committee considered the Report of the Second Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade held in October 1988. It gave general support to the recommendations of the Sub-Committee. It was agreed that the Technical Assistance Programme for Fishery Commodities and Marketing Development was necessary and appropriate. The Committee also considered a standardized system for the marking and identification of fishing vessels, expressed its support, in principle, to the endorsement of the specifications for such a system to be appropriately amended and recommended that the standards be adopted on a voluntary basis.

The Committee was informed of the results of the Conference for the Adoption of a Draft Agreement for the Establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.

The Committee noted and supported the main programme priorities selected by the Director General in preparing his Summary Programme of Work and Budget 1990–91. It agreed that the fisheries programme as proposed was balanced, responsive to the needs of member countries and constituted an acceptable basis for the formulation of the full Programme of Work and Budget in fisheries for 1990–91.



Table of Contents


MATTERS REQUIRING ATTENTION BY THE COUNCIL

OPENING OF THE SESSION

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

WORLD FISHERIES AND FAO

FAO'S MEDIUM-AND SHORT-TERM FISHERIES PROGRAMMES

A STANDARDIZED SYSTEM FOR THE MARKING AND IDENTIFICATION OF FISHING VESSELS

ANY OTHER MATTERS

DATE AND PLACE OF THE NINETEENTH SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT


APPENDIXES

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Agenda
List of Delegates and Observers
List of Documents
Opening Statement by the Director-General




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