UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.

New treaty tackles illegal and unregulated fishing

Selling fish that was caught illegally will become more difficult when a new international treaty comes into effect in June, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

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UN agricultural agency accord on illegal fishing set to enter into force

The world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is set to enter into force next month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today, highlighting the accord’s importance in efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible fish stock management globally.

UN guidelines and new technologies boost efforts to help curb 'ghost fishing'

International guidelines being developed by a United Nations agency and new technologies are expected to boost efforts to cut down levels of abandoned fish gear, which often continues to carry out the capture process, entangling fish and other marine animals in its nets, a phenomenon known as “ghost fishing.”

UN agency puts fast-growing fish trade on the ‘sustainability’ menu

Top fishery officials are gathering in Morocco this week to discuss sustainable trade practices in a $144 billion industry that provides developing countries with more export revenue than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined.

Uptick in fish farming to provide global nutrition boost – UN agency report

An upsurge in fish farming is expected to provide millions of people in developing countries with better access to improved nutrition over the coming decade, a new report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has confirmed.

New fish drying method in Burundi improves lives for local communities, UN says

It was a simple adjustment – drying fish on raised racks instead of the sand – but the United Nations food agency project in Burundi has cut fish waste by half, provided jobs for hundreds of families and sparked a surge in the prices for the small sardine-like ndagala.

Aiming to cut down on ‘flag hopping,’ UN body endorses fishing guidelines

Members of a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) committee today endorsed a set of voluntary guidelines that target illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) which generate up to $23 billion each year.

UN, Norway to launch state-of-the-art research vessel to support endangered fisheries

The United Nations agricultural agency announced today that it is partnering with Norway to build an advanced research vessel as part of efforts to avert the effects of climate change and other threats to the world’s fish stocks, as calls were heard for urgent action to address those threats at an international forum in Rome.

UN issues guide to better identify deep-sea sharks, make fisheries more sustainable

A new series of guides released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will make it easier for fishers to identify deep-sea sharks, as well as improve reporting on catches and make deep-sea fisheries more sustainable.