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FAO calls on partners to promote sustainable and responsible seafood value chains

Fish trade is an important driver of economic growth, especially for many developing countries.
Locally caught fish smoked and then sold in coastal areas surrounding Abidjan.
Since the 1950s, FAO Major Fishing Areas for Statistical Purposes have been in place

Blue Forum platform aims to bring together stakeholders to address challenges facing fishing industry

25 April 2017, Brussels - FAO today at called upon partners at the Seafood Expo Global to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability along the entire seafood value chain.

FAO is aims to engage with partners in governments, civil society, fisherfolk associations, the seafood industry and retailers, by calling on them to become part of the Blue Forum, a multisectoral platform aimed at confronting problems affecting the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

The Blue Forum, which FAO will officially launch later this year, is intended to represent a permanent space of assembly for participants representing the global fisheries and aquaculture supply chains in order to promote an open dialogue about challenges facing the industry.

The complexities of the long and international value chains of fisheries and aquaculture necessitate a “whole society approach” to initiate change, an approach that brings together various partners to ensure that the fish reaching consumers’ plates has been harvested in a manner fully consistent with environmental, economic and social sustainability. 

FAO believes the Blue Forum can provide a strong opportunity for the sector to contribute to sustainable development and governance of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. In particular, with an emphasis on food and nutrition security, conservation and management of resources, social empowerment, decent employment and economic development and growth.

The Blue Forum would also enable industry partners to play an important role in helping to achieve the international community’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The main objectives of the Blue Forum include: promoting the worldwide adoption of best practices for responsible sustainable fisheries and aquaculture production and trade and improving the image of the whole sector; providing a platform where multiple partners can discuss the existing problems of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; promoting the development and adoption of mechanisms that can enable the implementation of  FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries ; and fostering an overall solidarity in the sector, through the development of joint  communities projects.

Jose Estors-Carballo of FAO’s Fisheries Products, Trade and Marketing Branch called for new partners to join the Blue Forum. “FAO is excited to be initiating this dialogue with stakeholders, and we look forward to working closely with them in the coming months in order to officially launch the Blue Forum later this year.

We work extensively with partners in the industry, retailers, civil society organizations and fisherfolk organizations, and we see they are all facing similar challenges. Working together, we can collaborate to improve the fisheries and aquaculture sectors and the livelihoods of those who depend on them.”

Contacts:
Kimberly Sullivan
Communication Officer
[email protected]

Smoked catfish for sale at an Abuja market, Nigeria.
Albanian women in Lezher preparing salted anchovies for packaging. The products are lagely destined for export markets in Europe and overseas.
A mixed catch of wetlands fish species in Lao PDR. All are prized and , in many cases, there are specific ways to prepare and preserve them that fits with the unique characteristics of the fish.

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