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.
The Asia-Paciifc Fishery Commision (APFIC) will convene its Thirty-third Session in Hyderabad, India 23-25th June, 2014, hosted by the Government of India. The Commission will be updated on development of fisheries and aquaculture in the APFIC region and discuss the work programme of the Commission and in particular the training course and materials developed during the current biennium Member countries will be invited to present significant developments and achievements in their national programmes for fisheries and aquaculture. Regional partner Organizations will also be providing updates on their activities. The Thirty-third session of the Commmission will immediately follow the 5th APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting (5th RCFM), convened at the same venue. The working papers and information documents of the Thirty-third Session and agenda of the 5th RCFM will be available for download shortly.
The Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) is pleased to announce that it has published a series of technical guides for training in Port Inspection of Fishing Vessels. These were developed at the request of member countries to assist in developing regional 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. The three volumes are accompanied by a set of Powerpoint presentations. It is expected that this course will be further adapted by interested organizations and countries to suit the specific legal and management contexts of their fisheries. Click here for the "Port Inspection Training" course materials
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