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Asia-Pacific commission to intensify efforts and ensure fisheries and aquaculture sustainability

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PHILIPPINES: Members of the Asia-Pacific Fisheries Commission (APFIC) have expressed their intention to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture are managed in a responsible and sustainable manner by focusing on resilience and sustainable blue growth.
 
The announcement was made by the commission in the framework of its 35th Session, which has convened in Cebu, the Philippines.
 
As a region, Asia and the Pacific currently contributes over 55 per cent of global capture fisheries and 90 per cent of its aquaculture.
 
APFIC commission are convinced that resilient blue growth of capture fisheries and aquaculture in the region is of great importance to food security, nutrition, livelihood development and overall economic and social development in many countries of Asia and the Pacific and achievement of some important SDG Goals in the 2030 Agenda.
 
In their view, as demand for both capture fisheries and aquaculture rises, the industries will need to rely on innovations in a number of areas.
 
In addition, commission members believe they will also need to become more resilient to the effects of climate change on fish stocks and aquaculture operation.
 
APFIC points out that FAO’s Regional Initiative on Blue Growth offers some solutions and a way forward, which the Commission will examine during the days ahead.
 
The 35th APFIC Session will review a draft six-year APFIC Strategy (2018-2023) prepared by the Secretariat for eventual revisions and endorsement.
 
APFIC convenes every two years with the main objective to consider the Secretariat’s report to the membership and observers on major programme activities carried out, and the achievement by the Secretariat during the intersessional period.
 
The 35th Session of APFIC will also review and discuss the recommendations from a Regional Consultative Forum Meeting convened prior to the Session and is expected to endorse the proposed priority areas of work to support the member countries in addressing issues relating to the development of their fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
 
The Regional Consultative Forum Meeting involved inputs from representatives of 16 countries and 10 international and regional organizations. It focused on suggestions for improvements in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture production, management systems and governance based on the extensive sharing of knowledge, experiences and lessons by the participating countries and organizations.
 
The meeting also called for increasing efforts to strengthen gender-sensitive, equitable and inclusive fisheries and aquaculture value chains through suggested strategies and actions at country and regional levels.
Source: FIS

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