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.

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.