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Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

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The 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries was adopted in Resolution 4/95 by the FAO Conference on 31 October 1995.

A ground-breaking, unique and voluntary instrument, the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct is probably the most cited, high-profile and widely diffused global fisheries instrument in the world after the 1982 UN Convention.

With its comprehensive, all-embracing character, it is intended that the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct be implemented holistically by governments and stakeholders involved in fisheries and aquaculture.

The purpose of 1995 FAO Code of Conduct is to set international standards of behaviour for responsible practices with a view to ensuring the effective conservation, management and development of living aquatic resources, with due respect for the ecosystem and biodiversity.

These standards may be implemented, as appropriate, at the national, subregional and regional levels and in promoting more responsible behaviour in the fisheries sector. It is anticipated that these standards and norms will lead to the achievement of long-term sustainable outcomes.

Read more about the FAO Code of Conduct here.