The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the UN agenda
Fisheries and aquaculture are fundamental sources of food, livelihoods, trade and recreation for people around the world. Responsible global stewardship is needed to safeguard all living aquatic resources for present and future generations. The challenges to achieving sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture are global and require coordinated action.
FAO is the global institution dealing with fisheries and aquaculture issues. As part of its mandate, it fosters global, regional and national sustainable development initiatives to secure responsible fisheries worldwide. Guided by its Committee on Fisheries (COFI) and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department works with the United Nations system and other specialized agencies, programmes and funds.
Specifically, the Department: