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Report of the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 27–28 January 2009











FAO/Regional Commission for Fisheries. Report of the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 27–28 January 2009. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 895. Rome, FAO. 2009. 44p.


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    The fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Doha, the State of Qatar, on 27 October 2010 and was attended by the representatives from seven Member countries. The WGA reviewed the outcome and recommendations of the Special Meeting on RECOFI Consolidation and Development held in Rome in May 2010 at the request of the Commission at its Fifth session. The WGA in acknowledging the suggestions made at this meeting, requested the Secretariat to communicate to its Members the options to be considered for strengthening the Commission, well in advance of its next session. The WGA discussed national and regional follow-up actions to the two WGA technical workshops on Aquatic Animal Health (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 6–10 April 2008) and on Sustainable Marine Cage Aquaculture Development (Muscat, Oman, 25–27 January 2009). In general, it was agreed that the Members benefitted from technical workshops organized under the aegis of the Commission. It was nevertheless noted that an efficient mechanism on how to best ensure a coordinated and region-wide response and follow-up to key technical recommendations was needed. A brief presentation on the joint RECOFI WGA and Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) Regional Technical Workshop on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, held in Doha, Qatar, from 24 to 28 October, was presented highlighting the key recommendations and suggested follow-up outputs. The meeting discussed the Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS) following the presentation of the first Web analysis report which indicated a steady interest in the information system particularly among the Arabic speaking countries. Actions to further consolidate the system were discussed along with the need to improve the overall communication outputs at the national and regional levels. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the next intersessional period, bas ed also on the recommendations from its previous technical workshops. The WGA recognized that the Commission, based on its current level of financial contribution, may not have the required budget to implement a comprehensive aquaculture programme and recommended that some activities could be implemented with extrabudgetary funds. The WGA Focal Point of Qatar was nominated as the new WGA Chairperson.
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    The fourth session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during the period 7 to 9 May 2007. It was attended by delegates from seven Members of the Commission and by observers from international, regional and national fishery bodies and institutions. The meeting was organized to evaluate the progress of intersessional activities relating to recommendations of earlier sessions, address regional fisheries and aquaculture issues of concern and review plans for short- and medium-term activities. The Commission endorsed the work plan of its Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA), stressed the importance of developing and implementing national plans of action to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU), fishing noted the increasing importance of fish food safety, and urged RECOFI Members and FAO to increase their efforts in improving fisheries information systems and methods of reporting of stock status in the region. In examining its role, responsibilities and future challenges, the Commission decided to expand its current Working Group on Statistics to a wider Working Group on Fisheries Management. Further, the Commission made recommendations concerning the organizational arrangements for its next session, agreed on its programme of work and adopted its budget for 2007–2008.
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