Responsible fish utilization


The main text of these guidelines was prepared by Ivor Clucas whilst seconded to the Fish Utilization and Marketing Service of FAO under its Programme of Cooperation with Academic and Research Institutions, from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, UK. Majority funding for this secondment was from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID).

These guidelines have been drafted taking into account the Technical Notes on Article 11 prepared by H.H. Huss and P.A. Messerlin for the Fisch `96 International and Seafood Europe Industry Workshop held in Bremen, Germany (6 June 1996) and comments on those notes received following the workshop. The draft text was then circulated both within FAO and many experts world-wide for further comment.

It is stressed that these guidelines have no formal legal status and are intended to provide general advice in support of implementation of Article 11.1 Responsible Fish Utilization of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. These guidelines are designed as a starting point for further revision, the preparation of more specific texts for specific types of fishery or regions and to assist in further dissemination, understanding and implementation of the Code world-wide.


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Interested Nations and International Organizations
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Responsible fish utilization.
FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries. No. 7. Rome, FAO. 1998. 33p.


These guidelines have been produced to support the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries particularly with regard to the need for responsibility in the post-harvest sector of the fish producing industry.

The industry that produces fish for food has three major areas of responsibility:

In addition the industry has a responsibility to itself to ensure the continued ability of many millions of people throughout the world to earn a gainful living from working within the industry.

Article 11.1 of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other related parts of the Code are concerned particularly with these responsibilities. This publication provides annotation to and guidance on these articles to assist those charged with implementation of the Code to identify possible courses of action necessary to ensure that the industry is conducted in a sustainable manner.

The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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Table of Contents




The need for responsibility in post-harvest fisheries activities

Constraints to optimal use of fish once caught


Related articles of the Code

Article 11.1 - Responsible Fish Utilization