|Report of the twenty-ninth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 31 January-4 February 2011|
FAO (2011). Report of the twenty-ninth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 31 January-4 February 2011. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report, 973. FAO: Rome. ISBN 978-92-5-106905-9. X, 59 pp.
Part of: FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. FAO: Rome. ISSN 2070-6987, more
Aquaculture development; Fisheries management; Marine
The twenty-ninth session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) was held in Rome, Italy, from 31 January to 4 February 2011. The Committee reviewed issues of an international character and the FAO programme of work in fisheries and aquaculture. The Committee agreed that additional efforts were required to broaden and intensify the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related instruments. The Committee adopted the Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries and recommended that FAO develop an Evaluation Framework to Assess the Conformity of Public and Private Ecolabelling Schemes with the relevant FAO Guidelines. The Committee approved the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification and recommended that FAO develop an evaluation framework to assess the conformity of public and private certification schemes with the Guidelines. The Committee agreed that port State measures were a potent and cost-effective tool to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and recognized the critical role of capacity development. The Committee reiterated its support for the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels as one of the useful tools to combat IUU. The Committee noted FAO’s roadmap for fisheries, aquaculture and climate change. The Committee supported FAO’s role and effort to improve the integration of fisheries and aquaculture development and management, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection and reaffirmed FAO as the primary source of scientific expertise and advice regarding global issues on fisheries and aquaculture. The Committee endorsed the International Guidelines on Bycatch Management and Reduction of Discards. The Committee approved the development of a new international instrument on small-scale fisheries in the form of international guidelines. The Committee also agreed to the establishment and implementation of a global assistance programme. The Committee expressed its support for the Organization-wide reforms, including the new Strategic Framework and agreed with the proposed priorities, including areas for emphasis and de-emphasis, while it took note of some conflicting views regarding these priorities.