UN agency launches new initiative to improve monitoring of world’s fisheries

Joining hands with several other organizations, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new initiative to gather and maintain standardized information on the world’s fish stock.

Countries call for wider support for UN agreement to curtail high-seas overfishing

Government representatives attending a conference in New York aimed at improving measures to preserve ocean fish stocks today called for more States to ratify a United Nations agreement aimed at reversing the dramatic declines seen in recent years.

UN agency and partners launch programme for sustainable African fisheries

A new partnership involving the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) was launched today to raise $240 million for the first-ever programme to establish sustainable fisheries in Africa’s large marine ecosystems, curtail overfishing and reduce poverty in coastal communities over the next 10 years.

Fishing communities need better educational programmes, UN agency says

Marginalized fishing communities need better educational programmes to build on their existing literacy skills and give them the means to navigate by satellite, understand microfinance, use digital technologies, diversify their businesses and cope with official documents, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says in a new report.

At UN, countries agree on guidelines to better manage the world’s fish stocks

With the world’s appetite for fish continuing to grow and three-quarters of global fish stocks either fully exploited, over-exploited or depleted, guidelines for strengthening a landmark treaty to protect those stocks were adopted today at United Nations headquarters, as delegations wrapped up five days of preparations for a May review of the treaty.

At UN meeting, countries call for strengthening treaty to curb overfishing

Faced with continuing illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing that is severely depleting the world’s oceans of their fish stocks, countries represented at a United Nations meeting on the issue today called for new measures to strengthen a global treaty to manage fishing on the high seas.

Wider use of fishing rights can promote conservation – UN agency

With pressure growing on worldwide fish stocks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today recommended that governments assign more fishing rights as a means of promoting conservation.

UN-backed treaty puts caviar export quotas on hold pending new data

The United Nations-backed body that oversees a global treaty governing trade in endangered species announced today that it will not approve the 2006 export quotas for caviar and other sturgeon products until the exporting countries provide more data on the long-term survival of their sturgeon catch.

New panel to focus on coastal fisheries in south-west Indian Ocean – UN

With studies showing that fish stocks in the south-west Indian Ocean are either fully exploited, overfished or recovering slowly from uncontrolled fishing pressure, the United Nations agricultural agency today announced the establishment of a new panel to promote responsible fishing in that region.

UN adopts voluntary guidelines for eco-labelling fish

Consumers can soon rest assured that the fish they are eating has not been caught in an environmentally-unfriendly way under a new eco-labelling scheme adopted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a bid to ensure the sustainability of the world's marine fisheries.