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Report of the Expert Consultation on the Development of Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries. Rome, 25–27 May 2010.










FAO. Report of the Expert Consultation on the Development of Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries. Rome, 25–27 May 2010. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 943. Rome, FAO. 2010. 37p.



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    Report of the Expert Consultation on the Development of Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries. Rome, 25–27 May 2010. (Arabic version) 2010
    This is a Report on the deliberations of the Expert Consultation on the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fish Products from Inland Capture Fisheries held in Rome, Italy, between 25-27 May 2010. The Expert Consultation finalised draft guidelines for consideration by the Twenty-ninth Session of FAO Committee on Fisheries. The full text for the draft guidelines is found in Appendix F. In 2005 the Twenty-sixth Session of COFI adopted FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Mar ine Capture Fisheries, and at the same time recommended that FAO prepare international guidelines on the ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from inland fisheries. In response FAO convened an Expert Consultation on the Development of International Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries in 2006. COFI, at its Twenty-seventh Session, recommended that FAO undertake further work in relation to the minimum substantive requirements and criteria for both marine and inland capture fisheries and in 2008 FAO convened an Expert Consultation to address these issues. The 2008 Expert Consultation proposed revisions to the marine guidelines and draft inland guidelines, it requested further clarification on definitions and scope of the inland capture fishery guidelines, especially regarding enhanced inland fisheries. The COFI Sub-Committee on Trade (COFI:FT) at its Eleventh Session recommended that a further Expert Consultation be convened to a ddress these issues and the Twenty-eight Session of COFI agreed that further work was needed. Thus the Expert Consultation was convened in Rome, 25–27 May, 2010. The Expert Consultation reviewed and refined draft Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries. The draft Guidelines follow closely the structure, language and conceptual approach of the revised Marine Guidelines. Differences between the Marine and Inland Guidelines relate to the scope and minimum substantive requirements for ecolabelling inland capture fisheries, especially regarding enhanced fisheries. Aquaculture and enhanced fisheries that are solely dependent on material originating from aquaculture were excluded from the scope of the guidelines.
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    Report of the Expert Consultation to Develop an FAO Evaluation Framework to Assess the Conformity of Public and Private Ecolabelling Schemes with the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. Rome, 24 2011
    The FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries, originally adopted by the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in 2005, were adopted in revised form by the Twenty-eighth Session of COFI in 2009. Following two Expert Consultations held in 2006 and 2008, a third Expert Consultation convened in May 2010 completed the draft Guidelines for the ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from inland capture fisheries for consideration by COFI in Jan uary–February 2011. Following discussion in both COFI and the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI:FT) relating to checking claims of compliance of ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines on ecolabelling of fish and fishery products, the Twenty-eighth Session of COFI requested the Secretariat to present a proposal to address this issue to COFI:FT. The Secretariat prepared and presented a document outlining various options for assessing the conformity of ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines to the Twelfth Session of COFI:FT. The Twelfth Session of COFI:FT agreed that, as a first step, the FAO Secretariat should convene an Expert Consultation to develop an FAO evaluation framework to assess the conformity of public and private ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines for the ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from marine capture fisheries. The Expert Consultation was convened in response to this decision. COFI:FT al so noted that it would be beneficial to develop a similar evaluation framework to assess the conformity of ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Fisheries after their adoption. Moreover, as these draft Guidelines follow very closely the marine Guidelines, the Expert Consultation also considered additional criteria relating specifically to the inland fisheries Guidelines. In the event of COFI adopting the Inland Guidelin es, an evaluation framework for ecolabelling schemes certifying fish and fishery products from inland fisheries could readily be produced. The Expert Consultation considered a number of issues relating to the Guidelines and the Evaluation Framework. Inter alia, it noted that the Guidelines, and therefore the draft Evaluation Framework, relate only to the biological sustainability of fishery resources and not to other aspects that might have an impact on sustainability. Also noted wer e the many commonalities between the Marine Ecolabelling Guidelines and the draft Inland Ecolabelling Guidelines, and that the major difference between them relates to the consideration of enhancement and the use of introduced and/or translocated species in the draft Inland Guidelines. The Expert Consultation noted that in both sets of Guidelines there is insufficient attention given to the chain of custody. The respective responsibilities of States and ecolabelling schemes in relation to assistance to developing countries was also discussed. The draft Evaluation Framework is provided in Appendix D with an explanation of the approach in the body of this report.
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    Report of the Expert Consultation on the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling for Capture Fisheries . Rome, 3–4 March 2008. 2008
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    Following the Technical Consultations in 2004 and 2005, FAO produced Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. Those guidelines were adopted by the twenty-sixth session of COFI in 2005. In 2006, FAO held an Expert Consultation on the development of similar guidelines for inland capture fisheries. In adopting the guidelines, the twenty-sixth session of COFI recommended that “FAO should review and further develop general criteria in relation to ‘st ock under consideration’ and to serious impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem (paragraph 27 of the Guidelines)”. This recommendation was subsequently endorsed by the twenty-seventh session of COFI in March 2007, where it was agreed that FAO undertake further work in relation to minimum substantive requirements and criteria for both marine and inland capture fisheries.Following this request by the twenty-seventh session of the Committee on Fisheries, the Expert Consultation on the FAO Guidelin es for Ecolabelling for Capture Fisheries was convened by FAO in Rome from 3 to 5 March 2008.The Expert Consultation reviewed the existing marine and inland capture fisheries guidelines and formulated recommendations to COFI to address COFI’s request on “stock under consideration” and “minimum substantive requirements”.

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