Celebrating 20 years of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in Vigo, Spain

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is extremely pleased to be partner with The Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain, the Regional Government of Galicia, and Conxemar at this year's event 8-9 October to celebrate the twenty year anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

This year’s event attracts over 500 participants and Ministers and official delegations from around the world to review how the Code of Conduct, unanimously adopted by member states at the FAO Conference in October 1995, helps to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over its first two decades, The Code has been bolstered with subsequent instruments and guidelines adopted to support it, including the various International Plans of Actions, instruments to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, ecolabelling for certification, and guidelines on small-scale fisheries to meet the challenges we face over the next twenty years.

Many of these challenges will be addressed at the event. Over the two days of the conference, there are sessions addressing:

  • The Code of Conduct
  • Fishing for the Future
  • Market reports
  • Consumers & Industry, Trade and Challenges
  • Fisheries Management and Fishing Rights
  • IUU fishing – The situation and prospects
  • Sustainability and certification
  • A Ministerial Roundtable on Blue Growth

Side events include: Shaping an international network for women in the seafood industry; the Official launch of the Global Sustainable seafood Initiative (GSSI) Benchmark tool, the Nordic Council; Dialogue on benefits of decent employment in fisheries and aquaculture; and a Workshop on aquaculture perceptions.

For more information on the celebrations in Vigo:

See a description of the side events:

Watch video messages for the 20th Code of Conduct

Why is the Code of Conduct important?

We welcome you to join us via webcasting and through our live tweets throughout the event at #Vigo15.

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