The FAO is receiving contributions on global aquaculture codes of practice. (Photo: FAO)
FAO requests aquaculture improvement contributions
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Aquaculture Service (FIRA) is calling for contributions to the development of a worldwide overview and databank of Codes of Practice, Codes of Conduct, Best (Better) Management Practices, Technical Guidelines, etc in aquaculture.
Those interested in the promotion of sustainable aquaculture development are invited to advise FAO of the existence of Codes of Practice (COPs)/Better Management Practices (BMPs) documents in their countries or regions. In particular, all aquaculture producer associations and farmer organisations are encouraged to send to FAO their Codes of Practice, Codes of Conduct, Best (Better) Management Practices, Technical Guidelines, etc.
COPs/BMPs in aquaculture, as available with national and international organisations, are also important and the FAO wishes for them to be contributed.
To promote improvements in aquaculture management and governance, FIRA has taken steps in line with the mandate and provisions given in the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).
A growing trend in the development Codes of Practice (COPs) and Better Management Practices (BMPs) in aquaculture has been developing, in addition to related Codes of Conduct (COC), principles, guidelines, standards and other such soft law instruments, which are most frequently voluntary in nature. These are often aiming at a range of targets: for example, improving farm management performance or sectoral governance measures, farmer capacity-building as well as self-regulation and self-policing, product quality assurance or enhanced consumer communication and market shares.
“There are numerous initiatives at national and international levels as well as major players active in the development or review of soft law instruments in aquaculture,” FIRA Chief Jiansan Jia wrote in a letter.
This FAO initiative focuses on soft law instruments and is designed to generate, review, organise and publish available information on COPs and BMPs in aquaculture worldwide. This activity lets the FAO publish reviews on development, uses and trends of COPs, BMPs and related aquaculture guidelines.
This activity also provides the basis for developing an online resource, web-based compilation of available aquaculture COP and BMP documents and/or links to online sources (URLs) of such documents. An online compilation would complement the above mentioned compilation of National Aquaculture Legislation Overviews (NALOs) and National Aquaculture Sector Overviews (NASOs).
This activity foresees that six regions and China will be covered in the preparation of regional reviews and one country review on COP/BMPs in aquaculture.
The six regional reviews will cover: Sub-Saharan Africa; South Asia and Central Asia; Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic), Korea (Republic of) and South Pacific; Near East and North Africa; Europe and North America; and Latin America and the Caribbean.
"Any suggestions you may have, and every contribution you might be able to provide in support of this initiative will be most welcome and will also be duly acknowledged," Jia concluded.
For all correspondence and information on this activity, please communicate with Mr Uwe Barg, Fishery Resources Officer (Aquaculture) via email: [email protected], or directly by phone: ++39-06-57053454.
By Natalia Real
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)