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Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification Version Approved by the 29th Session of Committee on Fisheries (COFI) held in Rome, Italy from 31 January to 04 February 2011

Sub-Committee on Aquaculture, Sixth Session, Cape Town, South Africa, 26-30 March 2012










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    Report of the seventh session of the Committee on Aquaculture, Rome, 8–10March 2011, Rapport de la septième session du Comité de l’aquaculture, Rome, 8-10 mars 2011 2011
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    The Seventh Session of the Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) was held in the FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, from 8 to 10 March 2011. The Session was attended by fifteen Members of the Commission, the Regional Advisory Council for the Mediterranean (RAC-MED) representative and invited experts from the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER), the Fundación observatorio español de acuicultura (FOESA) and the Desarr ollo Agrario y Pesquero (DAP). The Committee reviewed the activities and outcomes of the CAQ subsidiary bodies, namely the Working Groups on Marketing of aquaculture products, on Site selection and carrying capacity, on Sustainability in aquaculture, the Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean Countries and the Coordinating Meeting of the Working Groups. The Committee reviewed also the main outcomes and the implementation of the projects in support to the CAQ act ivities. CAQ discussed on the main priorities issues of marine and brackish Mediterranean aquaculture and made overview of the research and development activities carried out by the countries. The Committee recommended that a sustainable reference framework for Mediterranean and Black Sea aquaculture should be established. It recommended also that specific regulations and the simplification of licensing procedures for aquaculture, e.g. “single windows or one-stop shop”, should be implemented. It formulated specific management advice on the implementation of Allocated Zone for Aquaculture (AZA) in the countries aimed at facilitating and developing aquaculture activities. CAQ also recommended the implementation of an environmental monitoring programme in the areas surrounding aquaculture activities. The Committee considered some amendments for the Recommendation GFCM/33/2009/4 on Reporting on Aquaculture Data and Information. It agreed upon the workplan for 2011.
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    Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification / Directives techniques relatives à la certification en aquaculture / Directrices técnicas para la certificación en la acuicultura. 2011
    Global production from aquaculture is growing substantially and provides increasingly significant volumes of fish and other aquatic food for human consumption, a trend that is projected to continue. Although aquaculture growth has potential to meet the growing need for aquatic foods and to contribute to food security, poverty reduction and, more broadly, to achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals, it is increasingly recognized that improved management o f the sector is necessary to achieve this potential. The application of certification in aquaculture is now viewed as a potential market-based tool for minimizing potential negative impacts and increasing societal and consumer benefits and confidence in the process of aquaculture production and marketing. These guidelines provide guidance for the development, organization and implementation of credible aquaculture certification schemes.
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