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Committee on Fisheries (FI-701)

Next Session

COFI - 32nd Session - 2016

Previous Sessions and documents

COFI - 31st Session - June 2014
COFI - 30th Session - July 2012
COFI - 29th Session - February 2011
COFI - 28th Session - March 2009
COFI - 27th Session - March 2007
COFI - 26th Session - March 2005
COFI - 25th Session - March 2003
COFI - 24th Session - February 2001
COFI - 23rd Session - February 1999
COFI - 22nd Session - March 1997

Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article V

Origin

Established by the Conference at its Thirteenth Session (1965, Resolution 13/65) as a Committee of the Council.

Rules of Procedure

Adopted at the First Session (1966); amended at the Second (1967), Eleventh (1977), Thirtieth (2012) and Thirty-first (2014) Sessions.
See Basic Texts, Vol. I - Section I, Rules of Procedure of the Committee on Fisheries

Category Cat.1
Purpose

The terms of reference of the Committee as laid down in Rule XXX of the General Rules of the Organization include the following:

  • Review the work programmes of the Organization in the field of fisheries, and their implementation;
  • Conduct periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes;
  • Review specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate;
  • Consider the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale;
  • Report to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.
Secretary Mr Hiromoto Watanabe, FIPI
Membership Open to all Members which notify the Director-General in writing of their desire to become Members of the Committee and of their intention to participate in its work. The notification may be made at any time but not later than 10 days before the opening date of a session. Membership acquired on this basis shall be considered valid unless the Member has not been represented at two consecutive sessions of the Committee, or has notified its withdrawal from it.
Chairperson Mr Fabio Hazin (Brazil)
Number of Members 136
List of Members
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union (Member Organization)
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  • Viet Nam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Faroe Islands (Associate Member)
Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
Document symbol COFI
Frequency of Sessions

Normally one session per biennium; to be convened sufficiently in advance of the Council session held approximately midway between the regular sessions of the Conference. If required, the Committee may hold additional sessions (Rule XXX-4 and 5, GRO).

Division Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics and Policy Division (FIP)
Contact information/email

FAO-COFI@fao.org

Web site

Committee on Fisheries

First Session June 1966
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