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Mahé Regional Technical Seminar on IUU fishing, Decent Work and Safety at Sea

In recent years, decent work in the fisheries sector has been receiving greater international attention. Appalling working conditions do exist within the fisheries sector. Labour and human rights abuses have been reported on-board fishing vessels, affecting fish workers often including migrants. [more]

Fostering closer collaboration between Iceland and FAO Fisheries

Last week at FAO Headquarters, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the Government of Iceland signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will strengthen their collaboration over various activities aimed at improving fisheries management and strengthening coastal communities. [more]

Promoting sustainable fisheries and decent work in Italy

FAO Fisheries staff were excited to attend an Italian conference earlier this month dedicated to the promotion of sustainable fisheries and decent work in the fisheries sector in FAO’s host country of Italy. Organized in Rome by one of the Italian fish workers’ unions, UILA pesca, and with the support of Italy’s Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies and Tourism, the event brought together Italian government officials, labour unions and fisherfolk alongside staff from FAO, FAO’s General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO). [more]

A true Champion for animals and for the environment

The whole world knows about the fate that befell Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 the morning of Sunday, March 10th. Despite media efforts, we do not all know the many and varied stories behind the 157 names on the list of those that met their fate in that terrible accident. We do not know their sense of purpose in life, their dreams and aspirations, and we can only imagine the sorrow that their families and friends experience now that they are no longer with us. Those that follow the events and want to know can guess, imagine and get close to knowing, but will never understand completely the feelings of others. [more]

Remembering our colleague, Joanna Toole

FAO was deeply saddened to learn we lost a dear colleague in the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 near Addis Ababa early Sunday morning. Joanna was travelling to Nairobi to represent the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at the UN Environment Assembly. Joanna, a British national, was a tireless advocate for ocean conservation issues, and worked frequently with FAO over the years before joining FAO Fisheries. While working with civil society organizations, she collaborated closely with FAO on many joint efforts addressing issues such as marine debris, plastic pollution, ghost gear, and guidelines for the marking of fishing gear. [more]

Mainstreaming gender in west Africa's Coastal Fisheries Initiative

Women have an important role to play in Africa’s fisheries sector, but their contributions are too often overlooked. The African Union Commission and The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) recognize this challenge, which they address in their Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa. This strategy makes clear that this reality translates into lost development opportunities for Africa. [more]

Coastal Fisheries Initiative underway in West Africa

Overfishing, competing uses for coastal areas, promoting sustainable fisheries management, building strong fisherfolk associations, supporting women in fisheries, ensuring efficient fisheries value chains. These are common challenges facing coastal fisheries communities around the globe. [more]

Promoting aquaculture in Mozambique

In southern Africa’s Mozambique, overall aquaculture production experienced a decline in the last decade. This decline is mainly due to high production costs and poor production techniques in the country. Nevertheless, some promising FAO initiatives promoting fish farming as a source of employment and livelihoods are underway in the country. [more]

Fish skin leather on the catwalks of Nairobi. Could Milan and New York be next?

Necks crane as the lithe Kenyan models display their stylish dresses, purses and shoes at the Blue Fashion show taking place at Kenya’s Blue Economy Conference. While unveiling new fashion designs always elicits curious attention from fashion show attendees, when that couture is designed from fish skin leather, fish scales and seaweed fabric, audience engagement reaches new levels. [more]

On World Fisheries Day 2018, FAO and the Vatican call for decent work in the fisheries sector

One in ten people on the planet rely on fisheries and aquaculture to support their livelihoods. While the fisheries sector has made great strides in recent years in ensuring environmental sustainability of the fish that is caught, less attention has been focused on how to ensure the sector is socioeconomically sustainable – guaranteeing that all workers along fisheries’ long and complex value chain have access to decent employment. [more]
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