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Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Doha, the State of Qatar, 27 October 2010











FAO/Regional Commission for Fisheries. Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Doha, the State of Qatar, 27 October 2010. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 954. Rome, FAO. 2010. 70p.


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    The sixth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 21 to 23 October 2014 and was attended by representatives from seven member countries. The WGA reviewed the outcome and recommendations of the sixth and seventh sessions of the Commission. The WGA noted the importance of the timely collection, submission and sharing of accurate aquaculture statistics and other relevant aquaculture information. A draft recom mendation on the minimum reporting of aquaculture data and information was discussed. The meeting agreed that RECOFI members would provide their comments at the next session of the Commission, when the recommendation will be presented for adoption. In the event the recommendation is adopted, it was agreed that the aquaculture data and information would be best submitted by the individual countries through specifically designed and dedicated templates accessible from the Regional Aquaculture Info rmation System (RAIS) website. The meeting discussed the RAIS following the presentation of the web analysis report, which indicated a steady interest in the information system particularly among the Arabic-speaking countries. Actions to further consolidate and expand the system were discussed, along with the need to improve the overall communication outputs at the national and regional levels. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the next intersessional period, based also on the WGA programme adopted by the Commission at its seventh session. The main activities identified for the next work plan include: a training workshop on aquaculture risk analysis; a technical workshop on aquaculture recirculation technologies; a training workshop on aquaponics; hands-on training in marine hatchery technologies; and a technical meeting to share regional experiences in the use of GIS and spatial analysis in coastal zone management and marine aquaculture planning and development. In view of emerging aquatic animal health issues, the WGA further agreed that, during the implementation of the workshop on aquaculture risk analysis, the technical experts from the member countries would also discuss priority issues related to aquatic animal biosecurity and identify activities that required action. The WGA recognized that the Commission, based on its current level of financial contribution, might not have the required budget to implement a comprehensive aquaculture programme, and it recommended that some activities could be implemented with extrabudgetary funds. The WGA Alternate Focal Point of Oman was nominated as the new WGA Chairperson, while the WGA Focal Point of Bahrain was nominated as the new WGA Vice-Chairperson.
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    The second meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 29 to 30 November 2005 and was attended by experts from all the Members of the Commission. The WGA reviewed the decisions and recommendations of the third session of the Commission held in Doha, Qatar from 9 to 11 May 2005, and the activities of the WGA that followed. Among the activities, the experts acknowledged that progress had been made with regards t o the technical arrangements that would lead to the preparation of the RECOFI Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS). However, it was noted that the system could not be developed as the budgeted funds had yet to be submitted by the hosting country. In this regard, the expert from Kuwait reconfirmed the commitment and willingness of its Government to host and finance the system and that the funds would be submitted by the end of the calendar year. The delay of remitting the funds was due to internal procedures involving different national authorities. It was agreed that should there be a further delay, the system would be hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The WGA acknowledged that the legal and policy framework project proposal remained a major regional priority and agreed to actively seek funding support from the Commission Members as well as to approach regional donor agencies through the coordination of the RECOFI Secretariat. Other activities discussed at the meeting i ncluded the introduction of exotic species to the region and the preparation of a regional technical workshop on marine stock enhancement and artificial reefs. The WGA reviewed and adopted the structure of the technical guidelines for the control and responsible use of alien species in fisheries and aquaculture drafted by the Fisheries Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other organizations in support of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).

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