The mission of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world's fisheries and aquaculture. FAO is acutely aware of the fundamental social and economic role played by these two sectors in:
Meeting global and national sustainable food security.
Providing self and paid employment for fishing and aquaculture related communities as a means of alleviating poverty in these fishing communities and stemming rural/urban drift.
MPA considers association with major environmental NGO Brazil
One of the main issues discussed by the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture with representatives of The Nature Conservancy was how to develop fish farming in the Amazon region, and at the same time avoid the pressure of deforestation, particularly in the region of Xingu.
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