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Best practices to support and improve the livelihoods of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture households

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    Ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture: Implementing the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries 2009
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    This publication provides guidance on how to implement the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) using an ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture. The CCRF is a voluntary code covering all aspects of the management and development of fisheries and is designed to ensure sustainable development without adversely affecting the livelihoods of local communities that share the same resources as the fisheries. The authors outline the basic principles of the CCRF, describe concret e steps to be taken to use the ecosystem approach effectively, and recommend certain institutional changes and reforms that will be necessary if the potential of the ecosystem approach is to be realized in the Asia-Pacific region. The most significant reform needed is a paradigm shift in policy from one that is production oriented to one that is benefits oriented (social and economic). There is evidence that this is already being undertaken in the region with efforts being made to limit access, reduce the number of fishing vessels and introduce community-based rights systems. Stakeholder participation is essential and existing legal instruments and practices that interact with or impact fisheries may also need to be reconsidered, and adjustments made where necessary. In the future, it may even be necessary to regulate the inter-sectoral interactions and impacts through primary legislation. To promote broader adoption and implementation of the ecosystem approach by member countries, a w ide range of regional activities is suggested by the authors including a media campaign, the building of fishery alliances among countries and capacity building in fishery agencies.
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    Best practices to support and improve the livelihoods of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture households 2010
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    Some of the poorest and most vulnerable households in Asia are seasonally or occasionally dependent on fisheries-related activities. These important resources are threatened by poor management and continued overexploitation. As part of its strategic plan, the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) is committed to supporting small-scale fisheries in Asia. At its 30th session in Manado, Indonesia in 2008, APFIC undertook to identify areas of best practice and policies to support coastal community livelihoods and to review those aspects which negatively impact coastal livelihoods. This publication contains three reviews on key aspects of policy support to livelihoods resilience and diversification and offers recommendations on approaches and practices which offer the best opportunity for improving livelihoods and building resilience in communities in the face of emerging challenges such as globalization, economic development, social transitions and climate change.
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    (2009) Report of the Seventy-second session of the APFIC Executive Committee 2009
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    Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (2009). Report of the Seventy-second session of the APFIC Executive Committee, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 23-25 September 2009. FAO Regiol Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, RAP Publication 2009/20, 24 p. This document presents the fil report of the Seventy-second Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) which was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 23 to 25 September 2009. The APFIC Executive Committee's main funct ion is to direct the conduct of the Commission's business and affairs between its biennial sessions. The APFIC Executive Committee for biennium 2009-2010 is composed of the Republic of Korea (Chairperson), Viet Nam (Vice Chairperson), Philippines and Sri Lanka (Members), Indonesia (the outgoing Chairperson) and the Secretary of the Commission (as Ex-officio member). Major topics discussed at the meeting were ways to improve APFIC's effectiveness for its members in the region; the issues of signi ficance to the region that have emerged in regiol and intertiol fora over the past biennium; progress and outcomes of the APFIC regiol consultative workshops on "Practical implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture in the APFIC region" and "Improving resilience and reducing vulnerability of livelihoods in small-scale fisheries"; preparations for the Third Regiol Consultative Forum meeting and the Thirty-first Session of APFIC to be held in Republic of Korea in Septembe r 2010. A number of recommendations made by the Executive Committee concerning future activities need to be acted on by the Secretariat in close cooperation with participating members and in partnership with other regiol fishery bodies in Asia and the Pacific region.

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