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Thailand and the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
6 June 2019 - Thailand explains efforts being taken at ports to ensure vessels are fully inspected to ensure no IUU products are reaching the country.
6 June 2019 - Since 2016, Thailand has been a party to the FAO Port State Measures Agreement, an international treaty aimed at keeping illegally caught fish from entering markets through international ports. Thailand explains efforts being taken at ports to ensure vessels gaining access to those ports are fully inspected to ensure no IUU products are reaching the country.

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2018 State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA): Meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) - UN FAO

SOFIA 2018 emphasizes fisheries' role in achieving the SDGs and measurement of progress towards the goals.

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) is the flagship publication of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. This premier advocacy document is published every two years to provide policy-makers, civil society and those whose livelihoods depend on the sector a comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues.

The 2018 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture emphasizes the sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and measurement of progress towards these goals. It notes the particular contributions of inland and small-scale fisheries, and highlights the importance of rights-based governance for equitable and inclusive development. As in past editions, the publication begins with a global analysis of trends in fisheries and aquaculture production, stocks, processing and use, trade and consumption, based on the latest official statistics, along with a review of the status of the world’s fishing fleets and human engagement and governance in the sector. Topics explored in Parts 2 to 4 include aquatic biodiversity; the ecosystem approach to fisheries and to aquaculture; climate change impacts and responses; the sector’s contribution to food security and human nutrition; and issues related to international trade, consumer protection and sustainable value chains. Global developments in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, selected ocean pollution concerns and FAO’s efforts to improve capture fishery data are also discussed. The issue concludes with the outlook for the sector, including projections to 2030. As always, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture aims to provide objective, reliable and up-to-date information to a wide audience, including policy-makers, managers, scientists, stakeholders and indeed all those interested in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

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    The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018: Meeting the SDGs

    9 July 2018 - Presents UN FAO’s official world fishery and aquaculture statistics

    Presents FAO’s official world fishery and aquaculture statistics. Global fish production* peaked at about 171 million tonnes in 2016, with aquaculture representing 47 percent of the total and 53 percent, if non-food uses (including reduction to fishmeal and fish oil) are excluded. With capture fishery production relatively static since the late 1980s, aquaculture has been responsible for the continuing impressive growth in the supply of fish for human consumption.

    Official publication website: http://www.fao.org/state-of-fisheries-aquaculture

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    UN FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI33)

    Webcast side events include Blue Growth, aquaculture, livelihoods and SDG14.

    Blue Growth is one of the many items on the agenda and in side events at next week's FAO Committee on Fisheries COFI33. If you're not in Rome taking part, you can still join the 15 side events - all webcast at the link below. Topics include Aquaculture, Livelihoods and SDG14.

    Side events: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofi/cofi33events/la/


    The Committee on Fisheries (COFI) is a subsidiary body of the FAO Council. The Committee presently constitutes the only global inter-governmental forum where major international fisheries and aquaculture problems and issues are examined and recommendations addressed to governments, regional fishery bodies, NGOs, fishworkers, FAO and international community, periodically on a world-wide basis. COFI has also been used as a forum in which global agreements and non-binding instruments were negotiated.

    COFI membership is open to any FAO Member and non-Member eligible to be an observer of the Organization. Representatives of the UN, UN bodies and specialized agencies, regional fishery bodies, international and international non-governmental organizations participate in the debate, but without the right to vote.

    The Committee has held 31 sessions. Since 1977 the sessions have been held biennially.

    COFI may establish sub-committees on certain specific issues, for example the

    Such subsidiary bodies meet in the intersessional period of the parent Committee.


    The two main functions of COFI are to review the programmes of work of FAO in the field of fisheries and aquaculture and their implementation, and to conduct periodic general reviews of fishery and aquaculture problems of an international character and appraise such problems and their possible solutions with a view to concerted action by nations, by FAO, inter-governmental bodies and the civil society. The Committee also reviews specific matters relating to fisheries and aquaculture referred to it by the Council or the Director-General of FAO, or placed by the Committee on its agenda at the request of Members, or the United Nations General Assembly.