UN agency leads fight for binding international treaty to fight illegal fishing

Stepping up the fight against illegal fishing, which is depleting world stocks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is leading efforts for the adoption by 2009 of a final draft for a legally binding international agreement establishing control measures in ports where fish is landed, transhipped or processed.

Fish and sharks in high seas in danger of depletion, UN agency warns

Although the percentage of fish stocks assessed as depleted or on the verge of depletion has remained steady over the past 15 years, several species fished on the high seas outside the reach of national jurisdictions are in danger of overexploitation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

UN Programme calls for better global management to prevent collapse of fish stocks

Rising demand for seafood and other marine produce will lead to a collapse of today’s commercial fish stocks by 2050 unless better management is introduced, exemplifying the challenges facing Governments in a globalized world, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Selective fish nets, off-seasons adopted to protect Mediterranean fish stocks: UN agency

In an effort to stop the depletion of fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea, where catches of blue-fin tuna plunged by almost half from 1994 to 2002, a group of over 50 countries have agreed at a United Nations conference on a raft of protection measures – from more selective types of netting to six-month off-seasons.

General Assembly urges action to protect world’s fish stocks

Responding to the depletion of fish stocks and degradation of fragile marine habitats in many parts of the world, the United Nations General Assembly today called on States to take immediate action to reverse the situation and protect vulnerable deep sea ecosystems.

UN-backed shrimp farming partnership wins World Bank’s Green Award

A United Nations-backed partnership that has made the first attempt ever to provide a framework for responsible shrimp farm management has won the World Bank’s 2006 Green Award.

New UN-backed fishing accord seeks to ensure conservation in Indian Ocean

Faced with a marked increase in fishing on the high seas, six countries have signed an agreement covering a vast area of the South Indian Ocean in what a United Nations official has hailed as a major step forward in conservation and sustainable fishing.

Developing countries need better fisheries management, UN agency says

The increase in fish exports has proved helpful in fighting hunger in the developing world, according to a new study carried out by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which, however, urges poor countries to adopt better management techniques to reap long-term benefits.

At UN meeting, countries agree on steps to promote sustainable fishing

Countries today agreed on a wide range of recommendations to promote sustainable fishing on the high seas as a conference to review the implementation of a landmark treaty on managing and conserving valuable fish stocks concluded today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN conference considers measures to limit illegal fishing

Increased controls over ports and fishing vessels that could reduce illegal fishing were proposed by several countries today at a United Nations conference that is reviewing a landmark conservation and management agreement on fish stocks.