Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

State of World Aquaculture 2006

Published: 18/5/2007 | 2365 views
Aquaculture is developing, expanding and intensifying in almost all regions of the world, except in sub-Saharan Africa. Global population demand for aquatic food products is increasing, the production from capture fisheries has leveled off, and most of the main fishing areas have reached their maximum potential. Sustaining fish supplies from capture fisheries will, therefore, not be able to meet the growing global demand for aquatic food. Aquaculture appears to have the potential to make a significant contribution to this increasing demand for aquatic food in most regions of the world; however, in order to achieve this, the sector (and aquafarmers) will face significant challenges. The key development trends indicate that the sector continues to intensify and diversify and is continuing to use new species and modifying its systems and practices. Markets, trade and consumption preferences strongly influence the growth of the sector, with clear demands for production of safe and quality products. As a consequence, increasing emphasis is placed on enhanced enforcement of regulation and better governance of the sector. It is increasingly realized that this cannot be achieved without the participation of the producers in decision-making and regulation process, which has led to efforts to empower farmers and their associations and move towards increasing self-regulation. These factors are all contributing to improve management of the sector, typically through promotion of ?better management? practices of producers.

This document analyses the past trends that have led the aquaculture sector to its current status and describes its current status globally.

A HTML version of this publication is also available on the FAO website, for online viewing.

Emerging Trends and Experiences in Asia-Pacific Aquaculture

Published: 31/10/2005 | 2796 views

This document provides an overview of topical issues in Asian aquaculture for 2003, including a review of its status, progress in research and development, major issues and experiences, together with suggestions on actions for addressing opportunities and constraints. The document was prepared by NACA and FAO to facilitate discussions at the 15th NACA Governing Council meeting, hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka on 21st-25th April 2004.

Regional Fisheries Bodies and Arrangements in Asia and the Pacific

Published: 27/7/2005 | 2074 views
Although fishery production in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for over 63 percent of the world production, continues to rise, a study conducted by FAO on the sustainable contribution of fisheries to food security points to alarming shortages in the near future in a number of sub-regions of this vast area of the world.

In response to this challenge, the 16 members of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) unanimously agreed during their Twenty-sixth Session in Beijing (1997) that the Commission, despite budgetary constraints, should continue into the next millennium and endeavour to assist the members to move closer towards sustainable fishery development and management.

Five years later, the Commission is now not just continuing but intensifying its efforts and activities and embarking on a new chapter in its attempt to respond effectively to the changing requirements in fisheries.

A ?Regional Consultative Forum? will now be an integral activity of the Commission. To facilitate the work of the forum, the APFIC Secretariat has launched a website and published a handbook on regional and sub-regional fishery bodies and arrangements for the benefit of the APFIC Members. The APFIC website will link members to other organizations and projects that have an impact on fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

This handbook provides a convenient summary of those bodies and arrangements concerned with sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development in the region. Some of the members of these bodies and arrangements are also members of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

I trust that this handbook will serve as a useful tool for interested readers. I sincerely hope that the handbook will contribute to the success of the new chapter of APFIC.

Indeed, with substantive contributions and inputs from its members, numerous development and technical partners such as regional fishery organizations, NGOs and other segments of civil society, the Commission offers a unique forum for an Asia-Pacific regional prospective on the outlook and policy implications of fishery in the years to come. This way, FAO is offering an indispensable service for whoever in even remotely interested in fishery and world trends.

State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2004

Published: 17/3/2005 | 3338 views
The authoritative, biennial report on global fisheries and aquaculture statistics produced the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This issue focuses on a series of selected issues facing fishers and farmers, which include:

* Capture-based aquaculture
* Labour standards in the fishing sector
* Fisheries management and CITES
* Trade implications of fish species and fish product identification
* Depleted stocks recovery
* Governance and management of deep-water fisheries

The report also includes highlights of FAO special studies, including:
* Scope of the seaweed industry
* Global aquaculture outlook - analysis of production forecasts to 2030
* Impact of trawling on benthic habitats and communities
* Measurement of fishing capacity
* Re-estimating discards in the world's marine capture fisheries
* Fishing subsidies
* African freshwaters: Are small scale-fisheries a problem ?

Report of the 28th Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)

Published: 20/10/2004 | 2010 views

This is the final report of the Twenty-eighth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC), held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 3 to 5 August 2004. Major topics discussed were: the overview of the status and potential of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and the Pacific; report of the executive committee; the new APFIC as a consultative forum for fishery issues; regional arrangements for fisheries ? an analysis of gaps and opportunities and APFIC work plan 2004-2010.

State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2002

Published: 19/11/2003 | 1946 views
Examines developments in the sector from the perspective of sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture. The report aims to shed light on the need for and effects of good governance in fisheries and aquaculture, while also highlighting two closely related issues: the establishment of an enabling environment for aquaculture activity and the integration of fisheries into coastal zone management. (2.37 MB)

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