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

21 Nov 2018 - One in ten people on the planet rely on fisheries and aquaculture to support their livelihoods.

21 Nov 2018 - 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. 

In celebration of World Fisheries Day, marked each year on 21 November, FAO and the Holy See are issuing a joint call for decent work in the fisheries sector.

An event entitled “Labour rights are human rights: working together to ensure the rights of fishers – fighting trafficking and forced labour in the fishing sector” will be held at FAO Headquarters 11:00-13:30 CET. The event, available in English, French, Spanish and Italian, will be webcast at the following link

A joint World Fisheries Day event between FAO and the Holy See was already held 21 November 2016. Like the event in 2016, a message from Pope Francis will be delivered from FAO Headquarters. His Eminence Cardinal Peter A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will deliver Pope Francis’ address.

Continue reading online here: http://www.fao.org/blogs/blue-growth-blog/on-world-fisheries-day-2018-fao-and-the-vatican-call-for-decent-work-in-the-fisheries-sector/en/

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International Women's Day: Fish-smoking Ovens in Côte d’Ivoire: Transforming women's lives through simple technology

16 December 2016 - FAO - FTT-Thiaroye ovens were introduced in 2014 in Côte d’Ivoire as a simple, but efficient alternative to traditional fish smoking.

Benefits for women have proven to be numerous: healthier working environment, better quality of products, extra time to attend literacy classes. Many women are now able to pay for the children’s schooling and the women’s associations have also allowed them to start saving and obtain Bank ID’s.

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5 ingredients to sustainable fish production (2015) | FAO

To feed the growing population, today and tomorrow, we must adopt more sustainable aquaculture practices. This video shows five key ingredients to sustainable fish production.

It is based on FAO’s cross-sectoral approach for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (SFA), which integrates the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability. Visit the SFA website (www.fao.org/sustainability) to learn more.

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The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) (2016) | FAO

Global consumption of fish has increased significantly thanks to sustained production of aquaculture, but despite that the situation of global fish stock is not good.

Global consumption of fish has increased significantly thanks to sustained production of aquaculture, but despite that the situation of global fish stock is not good.

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Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (2016) | FAO

Capture fisheries support the livelihoods of over 120 million people.

Small-scale fisheries produce two-thirds of all catches destined for direct human consumption and provide 90% of the employment in the sector.

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Port State Measures Agreement to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (2016) | FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates the entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregu

lated Fishing (PSMA).

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Blue Growth Initiative (2016) | FAO

Pollution, illegal fishing, over-exploitation and climate change have become major threats to aquatic eco-systems.

We need to change how the planet's marine and freshwater resources are managed.

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