Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

The function of APFIC (APFIC Agreement, Article IV)

The purpose of the Commission shall be to promote the full and proper utilization of living aquatic resources by the development and management of fishing and culture operations and by the development of related processing and marketing activities in conformity with the objectives of its Members, and to these ends it shall have the following functions and responsibilities:

(a) to keep under review the state of these resources and of the industries based on them;

(b) to formulate and recommend measures and to initiate and carry out programmes or projects to:

(i) increase the efficiency and sustainable productivity of fisheries and aquaculture;

(ii) conserve and manage resources;

(iii) protect resources from pollution;

(c) to keep under review the economic and social aspects of fishing and aquaculture industries and recommend measures aimed at improving the living and working conditions of fishermen and other workers in these industries and otherwise at improving the contribution of each fishery to social and economic goals;

(d) to promote programmes for mariculture and coastal fisheries enhancement;

(e) to encourage, recommend, coordinate and, as appropriate, undertake training and extension activities in all aspects of fisheries;

(f) to encourage, recommend, coordinate and undertake, as appropriate, research and development activities in all aspects of fisheries;

(g) to assemble, publish or otherwise disseminate information regarding the living aquatic resources and fisheries based on these resources;

(h) to carry out such other activities as may be necessary for the Commission to achieve its purpose as defined above.

More recent sessions have elaborated that APFIC will act as a Regional Consultative Forum that works in partnership with other regional organizations and arrangements and members. It provides advice, coordinates activities and acts as an information broker to increase knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia Pacific region to underpin decision making.