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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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    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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    Implementation of the FAO Regional Initiative on Blue Growth in Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission Thirty-fifth session (APFIC)
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    Fisheries (capture fisheries and aquaculture) is an important food production sector in Asia- Pacific, which contribute 55% to global capture fisheries production and 92% to the world aquaculture production. Fisheries supplies 23.1 kg of food fish to Asian population in 2013, which comprised 22.9% of animal protein and 7.9% of total protein in food of the people. Meanwhile, Fishing and aquaculture production provided some 48 million jobs directly and millions more employment in related manufacture, processing and service sectors. Marine and inland water ecosystems and aquaculture biodiversity are most important resources and service providers to social and economic development in the region.
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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)
    Cebu, the Philippines, 11-13 May 2018
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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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