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Strengthening integrated aquatic plant and animal farming in the rice fields of Lao PDR

Lao PDR enjoys a rich aquatic biodiversity, with rice fields acting as an environment that is home to an impressive diversity of aquatic organisms. The aquatic animals and plants that thrive in these rice fields are key to the nutritional and food security needs of Lao’s people, particularly in rural areas. Aquatic animals present in these rice fields and consumed by the local people include not only fish, but also frogs, eels, snails, crabs and aquatic insects. [more]

Working towards decent work in the fisheries sector in Asia

A regional technical seminar aimed at building a stronger fisheries industry that promotes decent work and human rights in the sector opens today in Manila, Philippines. The technical seminar, organized by FAO and the Apostleship of the Sea, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meets 21-22 March in the Filipino capital, with the participation of experts and stakeholders from fisheries, labour and port administrations as well as from industry, civil society organizations and unions from ten Asian countries. [more]

Towards Voluntary Guidelines on marking fishing gear

This issue of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear has been a concern for FAO and its Members for many decades. Discussions led by FAO about marking of fishing gear date back to 1991, when the first meeting discussing possible guidelines for marking of fishing gear was held in Canada. The recommendations did not move forward at that time, but the issue is once more on the table, at an upcoming Technical Consultation on the Marking of Fishing Gear, to be held 5-9 February at FAO Headquarters. [more]

Sharing innovative, water-saving agri-aquaculture experiences across the Near East and North Africa

Water scarcity is a pressing concern around much of the world, and particularly in the Near East and North Africa region. FAO has responded with Regional Water Scarcity Initiative, managed by FAO’s Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt, and is a part of FAO’s Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. As part of this initiative, experts are documenting examples of the smart use of water and best management practices for integrated agriculture-aquaculture farming systems in in focus countries from the Near East and North Africa region including Algeria, Egypt and the Sultanate of Oman. [more]

Helping countries to tackle AMR in aquaculture

This week we’re celebrating World Antibiotic Awareness Week, an international campaign that brings attention to the fact that the misuse of antibiotics places us all at risk. Antimicrobial drugs play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in the livestock sector, aquaculture, and crop production. These actions are often associated with the potential risk of emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms. [more]

A week of aquaculture wraps up in Rome

The Ninth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture wrapped up last week in Rome. The Sub-committee meeting brought together 188 delegates from 94 member countries and observers from regional fisheries bodies, international organizations and civil society organizations to review a full agenda of aquaculture-related items. [more]

Small Island Developing States and AMR focus of Day 2 at #COFIaquaculture

The busy pace continued for day 2 of the Ninth session of the FAO COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Attendance at this session of COFI Aquaculture broke all previous attendance records, with 188 delegates from 94 member countries and partner organizations descending on the Eternal City to discuss opportunities and challenges related to aquaculture from around the world. If you missed our coverage from the first day of COFI Aquaculture. [more]

#COFIaquaculture kicks off in Rome on UN Day

The Ninth session of FAO’s Sub-committee on Aquaculture opened in Rome on 24 October – on UN Day, the day the 1945 creation of the United Nations is marked each year. The 188 delegates arrive at FAO Headquarters, hailing from 94 countries, non-governmental organizations and international organizations to participate in a week full with aquaculture discussions, and a critical look at how this sector can help achieve the objectives of the Sustainable development Goals. [more]

Safety at Sea on the agenda in South Africa this week

Fishing is recognized as one of the most, if not the most, dangerous occupations in the world, with an annual fatality rate of 80 lives per 100,000 fishermen. There is a long-standing cooperation between the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and FAO, in particular in improving safety at sea in the fisheries sector. [more]

Successful meeting of Large Ocean Nations’ Forum on Blue Growth in Malta

In the three days before the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, the Faroe Islands and the Nordic Council hosted an interesting three-day event discussing the challenges and opportunities for Large Ocean Nations around the globe. We’ve already written posts about innovative ideas in these nations and the first day of the Malta event. In this blog post, we would like to provide a wrap-up of the event and highlight some of the key points and ways forward identified by attendees during their three days of dialogue on this Mediterranean island nation. [more]

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