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Sixth APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting (RCFM) Promoting Blue Growth in fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 8–10 February 2016











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    The Sixth RCFM identified a series of issues and made specific recommendations on the theme of Promoting blue growth in fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific”, these were based on reviews of regional fisheries and aquaculture, presentations by member countries and egional organizations, reports of action plans of APFIC regional consultative workshops.
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    Sustainable Development for Resilient Blue Growth of Fisheries and Aquaculture
    Seventh APFIC Regional Consultative Forum Meeting, Cebu, Philippines, 7–9 May 2018
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    This is the report of the Seventh Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) Regional Consultative Forum Meeting (RCFM) on Sustainable Development for Resilient Blue Growth of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The meeting was convened in Cebu, Philippines from 7 May to 9 May 2018 and was attended by 80 participants from 16 countries, together with representatives from ten regional and international partner organizations and projects. The key conclusions and recommendations endorsed by the Seventh RCFM are summarized as: (1) The RCFM recognized the great advances in the four thematic areas pertaining to sustainable and resilient fisheries and aquaculture for blue growth in the region; (2) There are a number of remaining and emerging challenges to the sustainability and resilience of fisheries and aquaculture sector; (3) There remains a great need in many countries for reinforced legal frameworks and guiding policies to ensure a human rights-based and environmentally friendly development of the region’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors in line with the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF); and (4) More targeted disaster risk management and climate change strategies and technologies for the sector are needed in several countries. The RCFM considered the reviews of regional fisheries and aquaculture, presentations by member countries and regional organizations, reports of action plans of APFIC regional consultative workshops and the major issues outlined in the agenda and developed a report and recommendations to inform the Thirty-fifth APFIC Session.
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    (2014) Report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission 2014
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      Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission. 2014. Report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11–13 November 2014, FAO Regiol Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, RAP Publication 2014/25, 21 p.  This document presents the fil report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) that was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 11 to 13 November 2014. The APFIC Executive Com mittee at its Seventy-fifth session comprised Sri Lanka (Chair), Philippines (Vice-Chair), Indonesia and Myanmar (Members), India (former Chair) and the Secretary of the Commission (as an ex officio Member). The Executive Committee agreed that there were common objectives between the FAO/APFIC Regiol Initiative on Blue Growth and the work priorities identified by the Commission. It recommended that the Regiol Initiative on Blue Growth and APFIC’s related work should be brought to the attention o f the FAO Asia-Pacific Regiol Conference (APRC), through the inclusion of an APRC agenda item on the contribution of fish to nutrition and food security. The Executive Committee agreed that there was a need for monitoring in order to assess the benefits and risks of FADs and artificial reefs in the region and agreed with the development of an approach to assess the ture and extent of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the APFIC region. The Executive Committee developed the agen da of the APFIC regiol consultative workshop “Documentation and dissemition of successful sustaible aquaculture intensification practices in Asia” and reviewed the planned activity “APFIC regiol consultative workshop on improving the contribution of culture-based fisheries and related fishery enhancements in inland waters to blue growth”, noting that this was a timely contribution to the dialogue on blue growth and its potential in inland waters. The Executive Committee noted the endorsed regiol guidelines and training courses developed by APFIC and emphasized the importance of engagement with regiol partners to ensure their promotion within the region and provide suggestions in that regard. The Executive Committee reviewed the budget and expenses of the Commission and recommended that core allocation be sustained and suggested cost reduction strategies and means of encouraging greater contributions of in-kind support to the work of the Commission. The Executive Committee discussed the preparations for the Sixth APFIC Regiol Consultation Forum Meeting (RCFM) and the Thirty-fourth Session of the Commission to be held in Sri Lanka in January/February 2016. The Executive Committee agreed that the Seventy-sixth Session of the Executive Committee would be convened in the Philippines in September 2016 subject to confirmation by the Philippines’ government. 

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