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The implementation of the Code is monitored by the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), which may also update the Code as necessary. A questionnaire, covering each Article of the Code, was developed and is forwarded to all FAO Members biennially. A progress report, comprising statistical results compiled from the received responses, is prepared for each session of COFI.

More detailed questionnaires to further monitor the implementation of Article 9: Aquaculture Development and Article 11: Post-Harvest Practices and Trade are also circulated to FAO Members biennially, with results reported to the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture (COFI/AQ) and COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI/FT), respectively.

Work is currently underway to extend the Code questionnaire to gather baseline information related to Small-Scale Fisheries.

To date, COFI has reviewed several consolidated implementational reports. For the 2014 report, 96 Members, 24 RFBs and 11 NGOs responded to the FAO questionnaire on the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. In doing so, eighty-seven percent of responding Members reported that they faced some constraints in implementing the Code.

These constraints included:

  • insufficient financial resources
  • human resources
  • incomplete policies and/or legal frameworks
  • inadequate scientific research, statistics and information access, and
  • lack of awareness and information about the Code
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