Report of the twenty-ninth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 31 January–4 February 2011

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 973

Report of the twenty-ninth session of
the Committee on Fisheries
Rome, 31 January–4 February 2011






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2011


ABSTRACT

FAO.
Report of the twenty-ninth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 31 January–4 February 2011.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 973. Rome, FAO. 2011. 59 pp.

The twenty-ninth session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) was held in Rome, Italy, from 31 January to 4 February 2011. The Committee reviewed issues of an international character and the FAO programme of work in fisheries and aquaculture. The Committee agreed that additional efforts were required to broaden and intensify the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related instruments. The Committee adopted the Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries and recommended that FAO develop an Evaluation Framework to Assess the Conformity of Public and Private Ecolabelling Schemes with the relevant FAO Guidelines. The Committee approved the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification and recommended that FAO develop an evaluation framework to assess the conformity of public and private certification schemes with the Guidelines. The Committee agreed that port State measures were a potent and cost-effective tool to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and recognized the critical role of capacity development. The Committee reiterated its support for the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels as one of the useful tools to combat IUU. The Committee noted FAO's roadmap for fisheries, aquaculture and climate change. The Committee supported FAO's role and effort to improve the integration of fisheries and aquaculture development and management, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection and reaffirmed FAO as the primary source of scientific expertise and advice regarding global issues on fisheries and aquaculture. The Committee endorsed the International Guidelines on Bycatch Management and Reduction of Discards. The Committee approved the development of a new international instrument on small-scale fisheries in the form of international guidelines. The Committee also agreed to the establishment and implementation of a global assistance programme. The Committee expressed its support for the Organization-wide reforms, including the new Strategic Framework and agreed with the proposed priorities, including areas for emphasis and de-emphasis, while it took note of some conflicting views regarding these priorities.


Table of Contents

Global policy and regulatory matters for the attention of the Conference

Programme and budgetary matters for the attention of the Council


OPENING OF THE SESSION


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


ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION


DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TWELFTH SESSION OF THE COFI SUB-COMMITTEE ON FISH TRADE, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, 26–30 APRIL 2010


DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FIFTH SESSION OF THE COFI SUB-COMMITTEE ON AQUACULTURE, PHUKET, THAILAND, 27 SEPTEMBER–1 OCTOBER 2010


PROGRESS MADE WITH REGARD TO MEASURES AGAINST ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED (IUU) FISHING, INCLUDING PORT STATE MEASURES, FLAG STATE PERFORMANCE, MARKET-RELATED MEASURES AND DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE GLOBAL RECORD OF FISHING VESSELS, REFRIGERATED TRANSPORT VESSELS AND SUPPLY VESSELS


FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE IN OUR CHANGING CLIMATE: ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION MEASURES IN FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE


FAO'S ROLE FOR IMPROVED INTEGRATION OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT, BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION


GOOD PRACTICES IN THE GOVERNANCE OF SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES: SHARING OF EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS LEARNED IN RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


FAO'S PROGRAMME OF WORK IN FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE


ANY OTHER MATTERS


DATE AND PLACE OF THE NEXT SESSION


APPENDIXES

A.

Agenda

B.

List of delegates and observers

C.

List of documents

D.

Opening remarks by Ms Ann Tutwiler, FAO Deputy Director-General (Knowledge)


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