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.

Sharp decline in discarded fish catches could be good or bad news – UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today reported a 60 per cent decrease over the past decade in the amount of fish being thrown back into the sea and wasted, but it is not sure whether this is good news or bad news.

UN agency begins process to enhance safety, working conditions for fishers

The United Nations labour agency today took the first significant step towards strengthening work standards for most of the estimated 35 million people employed by the fishing industry around the world.

More countries adopting global code on responsible fishing – UN agency

More countries say they are fishing responsibly, altering their laws and practices to adhere to an international code of conduct on fishing, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced in a report issued today.

Fish trade vital to poor countries, but market barriers remain: UN agency

The fish trade is an increasingly vital source of income for developing countries but they still face many challenges - including tariffs and technical barriers from wealthy countries - before they can tap into its full worth, research from the United Nations agriculture agency shows.

UN urges balance between economy and conservation in tropical fish trade

With over 20 million tropical fish being harvested each year in a trade worth up to $330 million to supply the booming aquarium market in Europe and the United States, the United Nations environmental agency today called for a proper balance between preserving valuable ecosystems and helping local people battle poverty.

UN agency calls for safeguards to protect fish stocks in developing countries

Citing new research, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today warned that developing countries that open up their waters to foreign fishing fleets may lose far more than they gain.