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20 years of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

The Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (the Code) is a groundbreaking, negotiated document laying forth principles and standards for national and international efforts to ensure sustainable exploitation of aquatic living resources in harmony with the environment.

Drafted by 170 nations, negotiated at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and adopted unanimously by member states at the FAO Conference on 31 October 1995, the Code remains a remarkably robust and forward-looking document.

Most countries have fisheries policies and legislation compatible with the Code, and FAO is assisting others to more closely align their policies and legislation with these principles and standards.

In order to strengthen the fisheries sector and position it to play a key role in ensuring food security for a world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the Code and its related instruments will be key for ensuring the sustainability of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture.

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