First global guidelines for certification of fish production finalized – UN

Consumers will now benefit from standardized seafood labels, thanks to the first-ever global guidelines for aquaculture certification having been adopted at a United Nations-backed meeting, it was announced today.

UN-supported project aims to boost Eritrea’s traditional fisheries catch

The United Nations agency helping poor rural people overcome poverty is supporting efforts to boost Eritrea’s traditional fisheries sector while conserving fish stocks and the marine ecosystem.

Conference on saving world’s fish stocks opens at UN Headquarters

A five-day conference on fish conservation opened at United Nations Headquarters in New York today amid warnings that three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are in distress and nearing depletion while marine ecosystems continue to deteriorate.

‘Greening’ global fisheries could boost fish stocks, new UN report says

An $8 billion investment annually in rebuilding and ‘greening’ the world’s fisheries could both increase fish catches and generate $1.7 trillion in long-term economic returns over the next four decades, according to a new United Nations report.

UN-backed experts propose ban in trading in endangered bluefin tuna

Trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna would be banned and trade in certain types of shark controlled if the recommendations of a United Nations-backed group of independent experts are accepted by the parties to an international treaty on endangered species.

More than 90 countries agree to UN-backed treaty to stamp out pirate fishing

Some 91 countries have agreed to the final text of a United Nations-brokered treaty aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced today.

Marine stocks hurt by abandoned fishing gear, finds UN study

The world’s fish stocks are seriously threatened by the growing presence of lost and discarded fishing gear that now make up about 10 per cent of all marine litter, according to a new report released today by two United Nations agencies.

Overfishing threatening stocks of sea cucumbers, warns UN report

Stocks of sea cucumbers, found on the ocean bed worldwide and a staple in diets across Asia, are increasingly in trouble from overfishing, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Global fisheries must brace for climate change, warns UN report

The fishing industry and government authorities must plan ahead to deal with the impact of climate change on fisheries worldwide, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.

Adverse effects of shrimp fishing need to be addressed, warns UN report

A new United Nations report released today urged countries to increase efforts to halt the economic and environmental threats posed by shrimp fishing, a major source of income for many developing countries.