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Highlights for Monday, 31 January 2011

COFI 29


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.

View of Rome near FAO
View of the plenary room at the beginning of the meeting.
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Opening Plenary
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.
Statements and Presentations
Pablo Eplilea (Chile) highlighted the need to progress towards sustainable fisheries.
Ideli Salvatti (Brazil) called on COFI to ensure the economic viability of fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries.

Michael Pearson (Canada) was elected as one of the vice-chairs of the Committee.

Fatma Sobo (Tanzania) highlighted the preparation of a tuna management plan for the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).

Delegates listening to the presentation of the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2010 Report during the morning plenary.

Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO, presented the SOFIA 2010 Report.

Simplice Noula (African Union)
A slide from the SOFIA 2010 report.
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.

Delegates at the evening reception hosted by FAO
Around the Conference
Staff at the documents center.
FAO display on the management of deep-sea fisheries in the high seas.
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)
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*African Regional Coverage
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