Managing Director Qu Dongyu opened Cofi135 under the banner of sustainability between food and work
06, Sep 2022
Fisheries and aquaculture key to providing food, nutrition and jobs around the world. This is the beginning of the message launched by the director general of FAO, Qu Dongyu, who opened the 35th session of the Fisheries Committee (CofI35). Despite the FAO director's statement, it is "necessary" to step up efforts to ensure that further development is efficient, inclusive and sustainable, and to recognize the vital role of small-scale fishermen and ranchers. From today to September 9, FAO will discuss how to cultivate global aquaculture in a sustainable and equitable way, improve fisheries management and increase efforts to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated, and how to ensure the conservation of biodiversity in a climate that it changes.
The implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing is also among the points under discussion: to further support its implementation, the Committee will invite countries to approve the first voluntary guidelines to regulate the transhipment of fish. The aim is to tighten the loopholes that allow fish from illegal, undeclared and unregulated fishing to be transferred without authorization from one vessel to another and to enter the market.
"Our resources must be managed and used responsibly and sustainably," explains Qu Dongyu-. On the occasion of the International Year of Artisanal Fishing and Aquaculture, an event was also held to discuss the fundamental contribution made by small-scale fishermen and ranchers to communities around the world.
"We must continue to listen to their needs by paying homage to women, men and young people - said the dg Fao -. Indigenous peoples and rural communities that form the backbone of the sub-sectors of small-scale fishing and aquaculture".