Various approaches are considered for sustainable development and management, e.g. sustainable livelihoods, ecosystem and precautionary approaches, etc. A number of cross-cutting activities are undertaken by the Department. These activities result in the elaboration and dissemination of normative and practical instruments, guidelines, manuals and information systems, aimed at developing capacity and facilitating implementation of the policy frameworks at operational level. These activity outputs consist in:

  • Monitoring and reporting on Status and trends of resources and fisheries;
  • Control of fishing capacity;
  • Economic incentives, use rights and subsidies;
  • Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) and fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU);
  • Ecolabelling;
  • Integrated assessment and advice, particularly in small-scale fisheries;
  • Capacity-building and training (through manuals, models, methodology);
  • Environmental impacts, by-catch reduction, vulnerable resources and habitats, habitat reabilitation and restoration;
  • Responsible fishing practices;
  • Culture based fisheries and responsible stocking practices;
  • Capture based aquaculture;
  • Improved production systems;
  • Various Information systems (including Geographic Information Systems-GIS) developed to sustain these activities.
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