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" An APFIC flagship publication available for download. This 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. The APFIC 2014 Regional Overview of Aquauclture is an update covering this sub-sector
APFIC/FAO have just concluded a Regional Consultation: "Improving the contribution of culture-based fisheries & fishery enhancements in inland waters to blue growth" convened 25 – 27 May 2015 in Negombo, hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka. The regional consultation brought together existing and new material, as well as experts on stocking and culture-based fisheries to review and recommend best practices (guidelines) for responsible stocking programmes that can contribute to blue growth. An important objective of the regional consultation was understand the use of decision frameworks for culture-based fisheries and fish stock enhancement and advise on the application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fishery Management as tool for management planning in inland fisheries. The consultaiotn developed a framework for measuring the impact and indicators of stocking intiatives.
APFIC convened a regional expert consultation to develop guidance for tropical trawl fishery management 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 tropical trawl guidelines 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