The Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) works to improve understanding, awareness and cooperation in fisheries issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The APFIC Secretariat is hosted by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in Bangkok, Thailand.
"Regional overview of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and the Pacific 2012" The latest APFIC update of its biennial flagship publication is now available for. Download the overview for a comprehensive description of the fishery and aquaculture resources and trends across the APFIC region. This is dealt with by commodity groups and resources types, with additional management information.
GEF-funded, FAO project forms part of global effort to improve fisheries management in the common oceans
Washington, DC/Rome, 5 November 2013 - Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO Naoko Ishii today approved a project coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve the health and sustainability of tuna fisheries worldwide by reducing illegal catch and supporting related marine ecosystems and species. The GEF, an international institution uniting 183 countries to address global environmental issues and support sustainable development, approved funding for the implementation phase of the multi-partner project coordinated by FAO which aims to improve management of tuna fisheries on the high seas and conserve biodiversity of related marine ecosystems and species. It will reduce illegal catches of the far-ranging, highly-prized and globally consumed fish.
Today's decision sets the stage for action on a global scale that will address both an economic and environmental threat to one of the world's most important commercial fish species, Ishii said. I am pleased that we are able to bring together both public and private partners in this project, which give us a fighting chance to work on a scale sufficient to reverse negative trends threatening the global tuna fishery and the ocean environment that sustains it. To date, $30 million in GEF grants has leveraged more than $150 million of co-financing in support of the project, which forms part of a broader multi-stakeholder initiative working to ensure that these precious resources are harvested in a sustainable way.
APFIC has successfully convened a regional expert consultation to develop guidance for tropical trawl fishery management. The consultation took place in Phuket 30 September-4th October, 2013. The 32nd Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission strongly highlighted the issues associated with trawl fisheries in the region and agreed to take trawl fisheries as a model through which to directly address the management of trawling and indirectly to build capacity in fishery and ecosystem management approaches. The expert working group was tasked to deliver an output which would be relevant and usable by the member countries and the Commission. The product of the expert working group are the APFIC regional guidelines for the management of tropical trawl fisheries in the APFIC region. These guidelines will be presented ot the Commisison at its next session for endorsement. The background to the guidelines and supporting information can be accessed here
APFIC was requested by member countries to assist in developing regional guidance and capacity building in the implementation of Port State Measures. As part of this commitment, APFIC and FAO with the assistance of the Department of Fisheries Thailand, have developed a "Port Inspection Training" course. The target organisations for port inspection training come from a cross-section of national agencies responsible for various aspects of enforcement. These may include staff from fisheries, customs, immigration, coast guard, police, navy, port authorities, and maritime officers. It has been developed based on the training requirements for inspectors, as detailed in the 2009 FAO Port State Measures Agreement.
This course provides basic knowledge on the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) process and how this can assist in decision-making for responsible and sustainable capture fisheries. The course is designed for fishery and environment staff, as well as related economic development and planning staff, at the provincial/state and district/local levels, who are responsible for administrating fisheries and the marine environment in which they operate.
The need to apply an ecosystem approach to capture fisheries management is now globally accepted and has been endorsed in international decision-making; for example, at the Rio +20 conference in 2012. This approach represents a move away from fisheries management systems that focus only on the sustainable harvest of target species, towards systems and decision-making processes that balance environmental well-being with human and social well-being, within improved governance frameworks.
This Essential EAFM course provides participants with skills that will help you to elaborate a management plan to better manage the fisheries to which they are connected. Find out more here