New labour standards adopted for millions working in fishing sector – UN

The United Nations labour agency today adopted new standards covering health, safety and social security to improve conditions for approximately 30 million people worldwide working in the fishing sector.

UN food agency panel suggests trade restrictions on sawfish and European eel

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today announced that an expert panel it convened is supporting trade restrictions on sawfish and the European eel.

More must be done to lift fisherman out of poverty and preserve fish stocks – UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that greater efforts must be made to lift fishermen out of poverty and reduce the overexploitation of threatened fish stocks.

Eating seafood, guilt free: UN agency to establish guidelines to certify fish

As the world consumes more seafood, with an increasing proportion of it farmed in captivity, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it is working to create a new international standard to certify the safety and harvesting of fish.

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.