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Mainstreaming gender in west Africa's Coastal Fisheries Initiative

Women have an important role to play in Africa’s fisheries sector, but their contributions are too often overlooked. The African Union Commission and The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) recognize this challenge, which they address in their Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa. This strategy makes clear that this reality translates into lost development opportunities for Africa. [more]

Coastal Fisheries Initiative underway in West Africa

Overfishing, competing uses for coastal areas, promoting sustainable fisheries management, building strong fisherfolk associations, supporting women in fisheries, ensuring efficient fisheries value chains. These are common challenges facing coastal fisheries communities around the globe. [more]

Promoting aquaculture in Mozambique

In southern Africa’s Mozambique, overall aquaculture production experienced a decline in the last decade. This decline is mainly due to high production costs and poor production techniques in the country. Nevertheless, some promising FAO initiatives promoting fish farming as a source of employment and livelihoods are underway in the country. [more]

Fish skin leather on the catwalks of Nairobi. Could Milan and New York be next?

Necks crane as the lithe Kenyan models display their stylish dresses, purses and shoes at the Blue Fashion show taking place at Kenya’s Blue Economy Conference. While unveiling new fashion designs always elicits curious attention from fashion show attendees, when that couture is designed from fish skin leather, fish scales and seaweed fabric, audience engagement reaches new levels. [more]

On World Fisheries Day 2018, FAO and the Vatican call for decent work in the fisheries sector

One in ten people on the planet rely on fisheries and aquaculture to support their livelihoods. While the fisheries sector has made great strides in recent years in ensuring environmental sustainability of the fish that is caught, less attention has been focused on how to ensure the sector is socioeconomically sustainable – guaranteeing that all workers along fisheries’ long and complex value chain have access to decent employment. [more]

Coastal fisheries on the agenda in Guayaquil, Ecuador

The challenges and achievements experienced by coastal fisheries communities spanning three continents was the topic of discussion last month in Guayaquil, Ecuador at the GEF Coastal Fisheries Initiative Global Inception Meeting. [more]

Improving fish safety and bolstering trade in Ukraine

Fisheries and aquaculture play a significant role in Ukraine’s economy. Marine fisheries in Ukraine are carried out in the Black Sea and Azov Sea. There are 113 different marine fish species in the waters of Ukraine. Of these, 48 are commercially important. Ukraine’s marine fisheries on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov resulted in a total landing of 32 649 tonnes of fish and 1 668 tonnes of invertebrates in 2015. [more]

FAO’s Blue Hope Initiative launches in Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey

For many years, FAO has been working to build vibrant fisheries and coastal communities through its Blue Growth Initiative, with its emphasis on bolstering economic, environmental and social development that will benefit communities dependent on fisheries for their livelihoods. The Blue Hope Initiative builds upon these activities, emphasizing the important role productive fisheries activities can play in communities vulnerable to migration. [more]

Vigo Dialogue: Building socially responsible fisheries value chains

It’s that time of year again – FAO’s annual appointment in Vigo, Spain for the FAO-Conxemar World Fisheries Congress. Fisheries experts, industry actors, government officials, scientists, labour union representatives, and civil society organizations descend on this Galician city from around the world to attend this one day congress addressing a different theme each year. [more]

Despite advances in health and safety operations, fisheries remains a dangerous sector

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupation in the world. Accident and fatality rates in fishing remain high in most countries. Aquaculture and seafood processing have also been highlighted as key hazardous industries. Safety and health professionals are, however, making major steps in generating awareness and building capacity for workplace health and safety measures and devising safer ways of work in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. [more]

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