FAO: New guidelines for organic cultivation of fish and seaweed

Representatives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet in Canada next month to assess the inclusion of animals and seaweed produced using aquaculture techniques in the Guidelines for Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods.

The meeting will be held between 9 and 13 May in the framework of the Thirty-Ninth Session of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards: Codex Committee on Food Labelling. Read more of this post


FAO Yearbook: Fishery and aquaculture statistics available

The most recent issue of the FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics Yearbook, a compilation of data on capture production, aquaculture production and commodities, is now online.
The yearbook contains a booklet with general notes, concepts and classifications, and summary tables as well as a pull-out map of FAO major fishing areas and also includes statistics on apparent fish consumption derived from FAO food balance sheets. All the key information and statistical tables are contained on a CD-ROM which can be consulted directly.

For more information contact Fish-Statstics-Inquiries@fao.org

Continental coverage: Africa, America North and Central, America South, Asia, Europe, Oceania

GLOBEFISH report: Pangasius February 2011

Imports into all major markets still show growth, with supplies coming from other sources within the region that are actively farming pangasius, as well as from Viet Nam.

Viet Nam likely to set minimum price for pangasius exports for 2011

The pangasius industry in Viet Nam continues to face negative publicity, yet demand for this product has not decreased in major markets including in Asia. Imports into all major markets still show growth, with supplies coming from other sources within the region that are actively farming pangasius, as well as from Viet Nam. Pangasius exports from Viet Nam during January to October 2010 were 6.7% higher in volume and 2.4% in value compared with 2009. Exports in 2011 are expected to slide back as a result of raw material shortage. Prices are forecast to rise in 2011, as the cost of raw material is likely to escalate along with bank loan interest rates.


The EU, which is the largest market for pangasius, imported nearly 3% less from January to October 2010 compared with Read more of this post

FAO publication: Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture

Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquacuture

Hello everybody,

FAO has just released a publication named “Private Standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture; current practice and emerging issues”

To download the report, click here: Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture

I did not read it yet, but i am happy to post the introduction below:

Private standards and related certification schemes are becoming significant features of international fish trade and marketing. They have emerged in areas where there is a perception that public regulatory frameworks are not achieving the desired outcomes, such as sustainability and responsible fisheries management. Their use is also becoming more common in efforts to ensure food safety, quality and environmental sustainability in the growing aquaculture industry.

Private standards are now a key mechanism for large-scale retailers and commercial brand owners wishing to translate requirements – both product and process specifications – to other parts of the supply chain. This is especially important as supply chains become more vertically integrated. Indeed, from the perspective of the firm, private standards and the certification sitting behind them can serve as mechanisms for safety and quality assurance. They can also facilitate traceability, standardization of products from a range of international suppliers, and transparency of production processes. Read more of this post

New guidelines from FAO on the ecosystem approach to aquaculture now available

New FAO publication

New FAO publication, Ecosystem approach to aquaculture

The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has just released new Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries on the Ecosystem approach to aquaculture (EAA). The EAA is a strategy for the integration of the activity within the wider ecosystem such that it promotes sustainable development, equity and resilience of interlinked social-ecological systems. As such, the focus is not what is done, but rather how it is done. The main objective of these guidelines is to assist countries, institutions and policy-makers in the development and implementation of a strategy to ensure the sustainability of the aquaculture sector, integration of aquaculture with other sectors and its contribution to social and economic development.

The document can be download if you click here

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