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(2006) Report of the Twenty-ninth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)

 

The Twenty-ninth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) heralded a new direction for APFIC. After a lengthy review, the Commission agreed that APFIC could best serve its members by becoming a regional consultative forum that would provide a neutral platform to examine issues and develop solutions affecting the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture across Member Nations. It also agreed that the Session should be preceded by a major Regional Consultative Forum Meeting based on inter-sessional workshops on selected issues.

This Session was the first to consider the outcomes of that process and the outputs from the first Regional Consultative Forum Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, 16-19 August 2006. The overall theme for the Consultative Forum Meeting was “Reforming fisheries in aquaculture in Asia-Pacific”. Input into this forum meeting were the recommendations of two APFIC Regional Workshops – one on “Low value and trash fish in the Asia-Pacific region” held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, 7-9 June 2005 and another on “Mainstreaming fisheries co-management” held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 9-12 August 2005.

In the APFIC Session, the recommendations from the Regional Consultative Forum were presented to Commissioners for their consideration. Through this process more action-orientated decisions were adopted, which can be undertaken by Members in collaboration with partners. The Session also revealed human capacity gaps which can be addressed with assistance from regional partners and donors.

The Session also identified two new topics as a focus for the work of the Commission during the 2006/08 biennium: (i) managing fishing capacity and (ii) fish trade and standards. Both of these topics include a range of issues relating to the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in the region, including illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) and certification of fish products for trade. 

 
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(2008) Report of the Thirtieth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)

 

FAO, 2008. Report of the Thirtieth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, 11–13 August 2008. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. RAP publication 2008/11. 44 p.
 
This is the final report of the Thirtieth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC), held in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia from 11 to 13 August 2008. Major topics discussed were: the overview of the status and potential of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and the Pacific; APFIC’s strategy and promotion of regional initiatives for more effective fisheries management; regional themes: certification in fisheries and aquaculture and capacity management and combating IUU fishing; policy, emerging issues and implementation of CCRF and the APFIC work in the next biennium (2009–2010).
 
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(2010) Report of the Thirty-first Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

FAO, 2010. Report of the Thirty-first Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, 6–8 September 2010. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. RAP publication 2010/14, 42 p.

This is the final report of the Thirty-first Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC), held in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea from 6 to 8 September 2010. Major topics discussed were: the status and potential of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and the Pacific; overview report of the outcomes of the Third APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting, member country reports on developments and responses to APFIC recommendations; ecosystems approaches to management, regional initiatives in promoting resilient livelihoods; inland fisheries resources enhancement and conservation in Asia, emerging issues in fisheries and aquaculture and major issues for APFIC focus of work in biennium 2011–2012.

 
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(2012) Report of the Thirty-second Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

APFIC (2012). Report of the Thirty-second Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, Da Nang, Viet Nam, 20–22 September 2012. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand, RAP Publication 2012/24, 125 p.

This is the final report of the Thirty-second Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) hosted by the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and convened in Da Nang, Viet Nam, on 20–22 September 2012. The principal objectives of the 32nd Session were to review Member countries’ progress on the recommendations of the previous session of the Commission and emerging regional policy issues in fisheries and aquaculture. The Commission considered the status of fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region and the outcomes and recommendations of the fourth APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting. The Commission was informed of the work undertaken by APFIC regarding ways to strengthen assessments in fisheries and aquaculture to improve management and the adaptation and mitigation of climate change in fisheries and aquaculture. The Commission reviewed its work over the past biennium and endorsed the major themes and activities of APFIC in the forthcoming biennium of work (2012–2014), including the APFIC Strategy 2012–2018. The Commission was also informed of the work programmes of other regional organizations competent in fisheries and aquaculture and how they relate to the work of APFIC. In its recommendations, the Commission highlighted: the importance of aquatic products, especially from inland fisheries, and their role in nutrition; the collaborative development of a regional training course on the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries; the threat of transboundary disease in aquatic animals; and the need to improve reporting on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).

 
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(2014) Report of the Thirty-third Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission
APFIC (2014). Report of the Thirty-third Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, Hyderabad, India, 23–25 June 2014. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand, RAP Publication 2014/18, 72 p.
 
This is the final report of the Thirty-third Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, India and convened in Hyderabad, India, 23–25 June 2014. The principal actions of the Thirty-third Session were to: review member countries’ progress on therecommendations of the previous session of the Commission and emerging regional policy issues in fisheries and aquaculture; consider the status of fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region and the recommendations of the Fifth APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting; inform member counties and others of the work undertaken by APFIC regarding sustainable  intensification of aquaculture and the promotion of aquaculture planning and management tools for sustainable development; review the inter-sessional work of the Commission over the biennium and the Report of the Seventy fourth Executive Committee Meeting; endorse the work plan and activities of APFIC in the forthcoming biennium of work (2014–2016) including the Sixth RCFM and the Thirty-fourth Session; inform member countries and others of the work programmes of other regional organizations competent in fisheries and aquaculture and how they relate to the work of
APFIC.
 
The Commission also reviewed and endorsed the following: “APFIC Regional guidelines for responsible tropical trawl management”; “Essential EAFM” – a regional training course on the ecosystem approach to fishery management for the APFIC region; and the FAO/APFIC “Regional training course for port inspections of fishing vessels”. The Commission made a number of recommendations related to the work plan of APFIC and the need for action on areas related to: improved aquatic biosecurity; development of better methods to estimate the types and scale of IUU fishing in the region; the status of FADs and artificial reefs programmes in member countries; development of low-cost, efficient fish feeds and the use of renewable energy or energy efficient systems that would contribute to climate change mitigation or increased resource-use efficiency; development of a strategic action plan for supporting sustainable intensification of aquaculture in the region; initiation of pilot level application of selected tools in member countries with a strong interest in being involved in this. The Commission endorsed the APFIC work plan 2014–2016.
 
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