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Press Release 01/12

FAO'S COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES ESTABLISHES NEW SUB COMMITTEE ON AQUACULTURE: ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING FOOD PRODUCTION SECTORS


Rome, 7 March 2001 - FAO's intergovernmental Committee on Fisheries has decided to set up a new Sub-Committee on Aquaculture to deal with important emerging issues connected with this important food-producing activity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said today.

The proposed Sub-Committee "would serve as an intergovernmental mechanism for information exchange, discussion and consensus-building on emerging issues in aquaculture", FAO said. This would include guidance for governments and international bodies on technical and policy matters.

An Expert Consultation set up by the FAO to consider the issue reported that such a committee would be justified on a number of grounds. These included:

· the growing contribution of aquaculture to global food security and economic development;

· the diversity of international trends affecting the sector, which require greater international cooperation;

· the increasing need to address aquaculture issues in a global forum.

It felt that a sub-committee specifically dealing with aquaculture issues would be an "invaluable institutional tool" in assisting FAO's Committee on Fisheries to fulfil its mandate. It noted that there was currently no intergovernmental global forum that had sustainable aquaculture as its primary focus, nor was there any apparent potential for the establishment of such a forum elsewhere.

China, Norway, Italy and the USA made offers of funding to help set up the new sub-committee. China offered to host its first meeting in conjunction with a meeting of the World Aquaculture Society and an International Aquaculture Exhibition in Beijing in April 2002. Norway offered to host the second session, also in conjunction with an international exhibition on aquaculture, in August 2003, and the USA offered to consult the aquaculture industry with a view to hosting a subsequent session. Italy indicated that it would join international efforts to provide additional funding in support of the sub-committee.

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For further information please contact Lucia D'Aleo, Media Relations Office, tel: 0039-06-570 52520, e-mail: lucia.daleo@fao.org


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