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Summary of the Meeting

COFI 29

Highlights for Friday, 4 February 2011

The 29th Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 31 January to 4 February 2011.

Over 640 participants attended from COFI member states, UN agencies and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. The Committee convened in plenary throughout the week to address progress in the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), the decisions and recommendations of the 12th session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade and the 5th session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture, progress made with regard to measures against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, fisheries and aquaculture in our changing climate, the improved integration of fisheries and aquaculture development and management, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, good practices in the governance of small-scale fisheries and priorities and results under the medium-term plan and programme of work and budget 2012-13.

On Friday afternoon, delegates went through the report of the meeting item-by-item. Delegates adopted the report with amendments. COFI 29 Chair Mohammed Pourkamezi, Iran, closed the meeting at 6:57 pm.

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View of Rome near FAO
Members of the COFI Secretariat.

COFI 29 reconvened in plenary throughout the morning and afternoon.

The Committee addressed four issues including: good practices in the governance of small-scale fisheries; priorities and results under the medium-term plan and programme of work and budget 2012-13; other matters; and the date and location of the next session.

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Closing Plenary

Uwe Barg, Fisheries Department, FAO

Rafomanana Georges (Madagascar)

Chandrika Sharma, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Elin Mortensen (Faroe Islands)
Tarun Shridhar (India)
Abdel-Nasser Zair (Algeria)
Kenji Kagawa (Japan)
COFI 29 Chair Pourkazemi gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:57pm.
Thursday, 3 February 2011

COFI 29 reconvened in plenary throughout the morning and afternoon.

The Committee addressed four issues including: good practices in the governance of small-scale fisheries; priorities and results under the medium-term plan and programme of work and budget 2012-13; other matters; and the date and location of the next session.

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Saif Mohammed Alshara
(United Arab Emirates) supported calls for the creation of a specific COFI sub-committee on small-scale fisheries.

Belemane Semoli (South Africa) called for an instrument parallel to the CCRF.

Akhundov Mehman (Azerbaijan)

Barbara Roegiers (Belgium)
Azza Jiddou (Mauritania)
Angela Bexten (Canada)
Brit Fisknes (Norway)
Wednesday, 2 February 2011

COFI 29 reconvened in plenary sessions throughout the day.

During the morning and afternoon, delegates discussed progress made on measures against IUU fishing, including port state measures, flag state performance, market-related measures and a Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels (GR).

In the afternoon and evening, the plenary discussed fisheries and aquaculture in our changing climate and FAO’s role for improved integration of fisheries and aquaculture development and management, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection.

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Ingrid Overgard, International Ocean Noise Coalition

Harlan Cohen, IUCN

Sarah Lawan, New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Antonio Fernandez Aguirre, EU, (left) in an informal discussion during the session.
A view of the room during the morning session.

David Doulman, Secretariat, introduced the agenda item on progress made on measures against IUU fishing.

Martha Lucia De la Pava (Colombia) stressed the importance of qualified observers and satellite monitoring to combat IUU fishing.

Johan Williams (Norway) chaired most of the day's sessions.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

COFI 29 reconvened in plenary sessions throughout the day. COFI discussed the decisions and recommendations of the 12th Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade and the 5th Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture.

On fish trade, parties addressed a wide range of issues, including: FAO input into the World Trade Organization (WTO) fish subsidies negotiations and the CITES listing process; traceability; market access for small-scale producers; and ecolabelling.

On aquaculture, many parties supported adoption of the draft guidelines on aquaculture certification and discussed a variety of issues, including: concerns about trade barriers; increased funding for aquaculture development and implementation of the guidelines in developing countries;
and biosecurity.

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Hiromoto Watanabe, Secretary, COFI, listened to interventions throughout the day.

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, said CITES is complementary, rather than an alternative, to regional fisheries bodies.

Lorraine Hitch (Australia) said traceability requirements should be based on the level of risk faced by a fishery.

Mauree Daroomalingum (Mauritius)
Alexander Fomin
(Russian Federation)
Charleston Deiye (Nauru)
Sebastian Mathew, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers.
Monday, 31 January 2011

The 29th Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) convened in plenary sessions throughout the day on Monday.

COFI elected the Chair and Vice-Chairs and designated members of a Drafting Committee, adopted the agenda and arrangements for the session, addressed progress in the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and related instruments, and discussed the decisions and recommendations of the 12th Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade.

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Ann Tutwiler, Deputy Director General, FAO, said the organization looks forward to the recommendations of the COFI.
Mohammad Pourkazemi (Iran)was elected Chair of COFI 29.

Chair of the 28th session of COFI,
Zbigniew Karnicki, Poland, opened the meeting.

A bird's eye view of the meeting room on day one of COFI 29.
Johann Gudmundsson (Iceland) emphasized that the FAO is the most appropriate forum for addressing fisheries.
Xiaobing Liu (China) highlighted his country's efforts in implementing the CCRF.

Jane Willing (New Zealand) emphasized that FAO should focus setting global standards for fisheries management.

Leonardo Maridueña (Ecuador) highlighted his country's regulatory measures to implement the CCRF.

View of Rome near FAO
Delegates during the session.
Snapshots
A view of the St. Peter's Cathedral.
View of the Palatine from FAO Headquarters.
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Related Links
FAO resources
*COFI 29 website
*COFI 29 documents
*COFI 29 annotated agenda
*COFI 29 provisional agenda and timetable
*FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
*COFI 28 report, 2-6 March 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

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*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Resumed Review Conference of the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, 24-28 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, 3-7 May 2010, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Headquarters, Paris, France
*IISD RS briefing note of the Ninth Round of Informal Consultations of States Parties (ICSP 9) to the Agreement for the Implementation of the UNCLOS Provisions Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, 16-17 March 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS briefing note of the Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction, 1-5 February 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF)
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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