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Mission

The Department promotes policies and strategies aiming at sustainable and responsible development of fisheries and aquaculture in inland and marine waters. For this purpose, the Department provides discussion fora, information, legal and policy frameworks, codes and guidelines, options for strategies, scientific advice, training material, etc. For the purpose:

  • It collects, analyzes and disseminates information on the sector operations (catch, production, value, prices, fleets, farming systems, employment).
  • It develops methodology, assesses and monitors the state of wild resources and elaborates resources management advice.
  • It monitors and advises on the development and management of aquaculture.
  • It provides socio-economic analysis of fisheries and aquaculture and assists in the elaboration of development and management polices and strategies and institutions.
  • It supports and assists a network of regional fishery commissions and promotes aquaculture networks.
  • It monitors and advises on technology development, fish processing, food safety and trade.

Within the mandate given by FAO's Governing Bodies, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department is committed to working with its Members, and to forging closer and more effective partnerships with national and international institutions, academia, the private sector and civil society to achieve long-term sustainable results in the fisheries sector.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has a commitment to team work in a spirit of cooperation and openness while building on past achievements; fostering a stable and community-orientated multi-cultural environment; respect for differences of opinion and minority views; gender-awareness; and personal trust.

Departmental organigram

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture department diagramme Office ADG FIDP FIPI FIDF FIPS FIP FIR FIPM FIRA FIRF FIRO ROs

The structure of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department have evolved with FAO's recent restructuring to focus more on strategic objectives, including projects which provide extra-budgetary support to these activities. From 2010, the Department comprises two Divisions, six branches employing more than 80 professional staff in Headquarters covering a wide range of fisheries related disciplines.


Office of the Assistant Director-General (FID)

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department is responsible for all programmes and activities relating to the development of policies, strategies and guidelines as well as the provision of technical services to FAO members concerning management, economics and policy, information and statistics, products and industry, conservation, emergency and rehabilitation activities in the field of fisheries and aquaculture; it is also responsible for promoting and supporting the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its related instruments.

Programme and Coordination Unit (FIDP)

Programme Coordination Unit (FIDP) assists management of the department in the preparation of technical and policy advice and in organizing and coordinating planning and programming. It also works to maintain liaison with other units of the Organization and other Organizations to ensure consideration of issues within the Department's fields. The unit is also involved at the department level in both quantitative and qualitative analysis of the technical programme. In addition, it provides administrative support in various areas at the department level when necessary.

FishCode Programme (FIDF)

Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Assistant Director-General of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (FID), and the strategic guidance of the Departmental Senior Staff Meeting (DSSM), as it directs or delegates, FI’s FishCode Programme is situated in FID and works in close collaboration with the FID Programme and Planning Group and the FI Programme Coordinator. In accordance with its mandate to facilitate implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, as specified in the FishCode Programme Document, it will act as a support facility to FI technical divisions and serve as the FI focal point with respect to: technical consultations with donors; promotion, identification and development of extra-budgetary funding (EBF) opportunities; and operational management with budget holder responsibilities of all EBF Global and Inter-Regional projects.

Functions

  • On the basis of the strategy and priorities of the FI Department, and liaising closely with the FI technical and other FAO divisions concerned, the Unit identifies EBF mobilization opportunities and assists technical divisions in the formulation of programme and project proposals and their further internal processing.
  • The Unit will ensure timely and efficient delivery of the Department’s EBF programme through intra and inter-departmental facilitation and through the assumption of full operational responsibilities, including liaison as required with the Technical Cooperation (TC) and other FAO departments, financial monitoring and reporting routines, and support for operational and administrative actions.


Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division (FIP)

Responsibilities
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division (FIP) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance, policy, management, information and statistics and post-harvest and trade aspects of all programmes and activities related to capture fisheries and aquaculture and their sustainable development, with particular emphasis on improving human well-being, food security and poverty reduction.

Functions
The Division exercises overall management responsibility including planning, supervising and ensuring the implementation of the programme of work and budget in the service’s competences. It provides budgetary and administrative oversight, supervising staff, and coordination with other concerned units of FAO, including regional and subregional offices.

Policy, Economics and Institutions Branch (FIPI)

Responsibilities
The Policy and Economics Branch (FIPI) is responsible for (i) ensuring or supporting the development of new fisheries instruments or amendments of existing ones, within the framework of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, (ii) providing support to regional fishery bodies (RFBs) and for ensuring liaison and coordination with FAO members, UN and its specialized agencies, other international intergovernmental (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations (NGO/CSOs) concerned with capture fisheries and aquaculture and (iii) providing advice, assistance and information to FAO Members on policies, strategies, plans and programmes for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development and for developing the relevant socioeconomic analysis.

Functions
The Branch promotes: (i) the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, its related instruments and other relevant international instruments, and elaborates additional guidelines and international plans of action in specific areas, (ii) global and regional fishery coordination, collaboration, agreement, action and knowledge exchange, including through the organization of conferences and consultations in cooperation with the relevant units, through the development of regional or global networks and information systems, as well as collaboration and consultation among UN and specialized agencies, other global, regional and subregional organizations and arrangements, such as RFBs and NGO/CSOs and (iii) the knowledge and practice of sustainable fisheries management including through preparation of technical papers, review of management practices and support to development of an understanding of the possibilities to control capacity. The Branch prepares and disseminates regular reviews of the states and prospects of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture, undertakes and disseminates studies on the major sectoral issues in this field; produces and maintains a series of fishery country profiles; coordinates and contributes to the preparation of the biennial review of the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA). The Branch also acts as the Secretariat of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI); liaises with other units and coordinates departmental inputs to other FAO's statutory bodies and monitors the follow-up action by the Department on decisions and recommendations of these bodies.

Statistics and Information Branch (FIPS)

Responsibilities
The Statistics and Information Branch is responsible for the collection, compilation, validation, analysis and dissemination of reliable and up-to-date information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture.

Functions
The Branch coordinates and provides advice assistance and information to FAO Members on the development of international standards for fishery and aquaculture statistics. It collates, validates, analyses and disseminates statistics at the global level, and for some regions. It supports partnership arrangements for the collation and sharing of information, provides access to global fishery and aquaculture information via corporate library resources and internet-based information systems, provides editorial support and facilitates communication and preparation of publications and web pages according to corporate standards.

Products, Trade and Marketing Branch (FIPM)

Responsibilities
The Product, Trade and Marketing Branch (FIPM) promotes the improved utilization of fisheries and aquaculture resources and the reduction of losses by improving the efficiency of all operations which take place between fish harvesting or culturing and consumption. It is responsible to develop, through consultation with governments, other international organizations and non-governmental organizations codes of practice and standards related to safety of products, utilization, marketing and responsible trade and monitors their implementation.

Functions
The Branch focuses on assisting Members to optimize utilisation of captured and cultured fish to extract maximum value from fisheries and aquaculture resources, including for small scale operators. That includes improving practices for the production and processing of safe and nutritious fisheries and aquaculture products, promoting health benefits and international standards based on risk analysis and HACCP, including for small and medium scale fish processing and marketing operators. The Branch assists developing countries to actively participate in international fish trade including products coming from the small scale sector. It monitors, analyses and reports on development and trends in international fish trade to support transparent, predictable trading regimes and equitable distribution of the derived benefits. Technical Guidelines in support of the Code of Conduct for responsible fisheries are developed and assistance is provided for their implementation.


Resources Use and Conservation Division (FIR)

Responsibilities
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Use and Conservation Division (FIR) is responsible for all programmes and activities related to the management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture.

Functions
The Division provides advice, assistance and information to FAO Members on the effective identification and appraisal of the world living aquatic resources in marine and inland ecosystems, under all jurisdictions and the development and implementation of management approaches and strategies; it ensures cooperation and coordination with other international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with the management of fisheries and aquaculture.

Aquaculture Branch (FIRA)

Responsibilities
The Aquaculture Branch (FIRA) is responsible for programmes and activities related to development and management of marine, coastal and inland aquaculture, with regards to technical, socio-economical and environmental aspects, and conservation of aquatic ecosystems, including biodiversity.

Functions
The Branch provides information, policy advice and technical assistance to FAO Members on improved techniques and management systems for the culture of fish and other aquatic organisms in fresh, brackish and marine waters, promoting sound environmentally friendly practices in lakes, rivers and coastal areas, in accordance with modern assessment and management standards and best practices for aquaculture. It keeps FAO Members up to date about the latest developments related to economic and social aspects of aquaculture developments. It ensures cooperation and coordination with other institutions and programmes in and outside FAO, both governmental and non governmental, concerned with responsible aquaculture.

Fishing Operations and Technology Branch (FIRO)

Responsibilities
The Fishing Operations and Technology Branch (FIRO) has primary responsibility to transfer and promote the use of appropriate technologies, infrastructure, equipment and practices dealing with the operation of marine and inland fisheries.

Functions
In support of the sustainable use of fisheries and aquaculture resources, FIRO provides technical guidance on the design, construction, operation and use of vessels and fishing gear and, works with stakeholders involved with fishing and related activities at all levels. Within its remit, FIRO is responsible for the development of international instruments and guidelines, and the provision of technical assistance to: increase economic efficiency; reduce waste and minimize environmental damage caused by fishing operations and fishing practices; improve the socio-economic viability and livelihoods in small-scale fisheries; make vessels and fishing gear safer for all users; assist in responding to emergencies; support disaster preparedness and disaster risk management implementation and policies; and enhance the operational effectiveness of monitoring, control and surveillance in particular to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch (FIRF)

Responsibilities
The Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch (FIRF) is responsible for all programmes and activities related to management and conservation of fishery resources, including mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem concerns in fisheries management through an ecosystem approach to fisheries. Most threatened species and vulnerable habitats are also dealt with through specific activities.

Functions
The Branch provides information, advice and technical assistance to FAO Members on reduction and mitigation of the impact of fisheries, in the inland and marine ecosystems, on target resources, non-target, dependent and associated species, and their environment including habitats, food chains, ecosystem services and genetic composition, in accordance with modern assessment and management standards and best practices for responsible fisheries. It ensures cooperation and coordination with other institutions and programmes in and outside FAO, both governmental and non governmental, concerned with responsible fisheries.


 

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