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Implementation of the FAO Regional Initiative on Blue Growth in Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission Thirty-fifth session (APFIC)

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    Implementation of the Asia and Pacific’s Regional Initiative on Blue Growth for work planning 2018-2019. Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission Thirty-fifth session (APFIC)
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    In order to contribute to the sustainable development goals, capture fisheries and aquaculture sectors have been assigned important tasks to support the food security and improved nutrition and eradication of poverty through realizing blue economic growth (Sustainable growth of economies derived from marine and inland water ecosystems and living aquatic resources) with responsible and efficient use of marine and inland water and associated natural resources and conservation of marine and inland water ecosystems and aquatic biodiversity. Given the global leading position of Asian fisheries in production and direct dependence on the sector, the Asia and Pacific Region will need to take a leading role in achieving the goal considering its current share in global fish production and trends of the sectoral development in the different regions.
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    Regional overview of the status and trends of fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region 2016. Thirty-fifth session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)
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    In Asia and the Pacific region, capture fisheries have increased slightly in terms of production whereas aquaculture has continued to grow at a rapid rate since the publication of the previous APFIC biennial review Status and potential of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and the Pacific region. In terms of food security, revenue generation and employment, both capture fisheries and aquaculture sectors continue to be of fundamental importance to the region as can be seen by the tonnage and value produced. In many of the countries of the region, catching or farming aquatic resources forms a vital part of rural people’s livelihoods. Fisheries and aquaculture also have a deep cultural significance and are more than more just sources of income or food supply; traditional fishery products such as fish sauce and fish-based condiments have always been important ingredients of people’s daily diets and are not easily substituted. All sizes and types of fish are utilized in a wide variety of ways and there is very little discarding or wastage.
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    Report of the regional consultation to build resilience of aquaculture and fisheries in Asia-Pacific. Thirty-fifth session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)
    Cebu, the Philippines, 11-13 May 2018
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    Fisheries and aquaculture contribute significantly to the economic growth of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The sector also contributes to food and nutrition security and livelihoods of an estimated 170 million directly and indirectly engaged in the value chains in fisheries and aquaculture production. Capture fisheries production has stagnated in the last 2 decades, while aquaculture production continued to increase and by 2014 exceeded production from capture fisheries in the Asia Pacific region. On the other hand, countries in the region are identified as among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts that will significantly affect the fisheries and aquaculture production chains. The region, which is home to more than 90 percent of the global population, also has the greatest exposure to risks related to extreme climatic events including tropical cyclones, storm surges and resulting coastal flooding on one hand, and extended droughts on the other hand. Hence, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development in the region is of vital importance and continues to be a significant development challenge.

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