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Thirtieth session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

9-13 July 2012 | FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy
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Summary Highlights
Highlights for Monday, 9 July2012
 

The 30th 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 heard opening remarks from the FAO Director General and considered and approved the agenda and arrangements for the session and the designation of the Drafting Committee. Discussion on the revised Rules of Procedure of the Committee and related changes in practice was deferred to Thursday. For the remainder of the day, COFI discussed the world fisheries and aquaculture: status, issues and needs, the SOFIA report, and progress in the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and related instruments. Delegates elected at COFI29 to the positions of Chair and Vice-Chairs continued in these positions for COFI30.

A bird's eye view of the meeting room.
A bird's eye view of the meeting room.
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From L-R: Richard Grainger, FIPS - FAO, Jia Jiansan, Resources Use and Conservation Division, FIR - FAO Lahsen Ababouch, Director Policy and Economics Division, FIP - FAO, Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Agriculture Department, FAO, Mohammed Pourkazemi, Chair of COFI, Islamic Republic of Iran, Hiromoto Watanabe, Secretary of COFI30, FIPI - FAO
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO
Haris Zannetis, Cyprus
Gustavo Oscar Infante, Argentina
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Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, FAO
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Richard Grainger, FAO
Marcelo Crivella, Brazil
Reza Shahifar, Islamic Republic of Iran
Antonio Fernandez Aguirre, European Union
Highlights for Tuesday, 10 July2012
 
Delegates convened on Tuesday for the second day of the 30th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) to continue discussing progress in the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and related instruments. Delegates then turned to considering the decisions and recommendations of the 13th session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade and the 6th session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture.
A bird's eye view of the meeting room.
View of the Colosseum from the FAO Headquarters.
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From L-R: David Doulman, FIPI - FAO; Jia Jiansan, Resources Use and Conservation Division, FIR - FAO; Lahsen Ababouch, Director Policy and Economics Division, FIP - FAO; Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Agriculture Department, FAO; Johan Williams, Vice-Chair, Norway; Hiromoto Watanabe, Secretary of COFI 30, FIPI - FAO
Tarun Shridhar, India
Raul Adan Romo Trujillo, Mexico
Peter Sinon, Seychelles
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David Doulman, FIPI - FAO and Jia Jiansan, FIR - FAO
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Johan Williams, Vice-Chair and Hiromoto Watanabe, Secretary of COFI 30 confer over the day's agenda.
Moustapha Thiam, Senegal
Jane Willing, New Zealand
Holger Martinsen, Argentina
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IGO delegates during the plenary.
Highlights for Wednesday, 11 July2012
 
Delegates returned to the FAO Heaquarters in Rome, Italy on Wednesday for the third day of the 30th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI). The Committee spent the morning discussing ocean governance and relevant outcomes from the Rio+20 conference. In the afternoon delegates reviewed recent major developments and future work of the FAO on combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing that have occurred since COFI 29. During lunch, participants attended side events on current fisheries issues from different parts of the world.
Room view during the plenary.
Room view during the plenary.
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From L-R: Gabriella Bianchi, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Fisheries Management and Conservation Service, FAO; Jeremy Turner, Resources Use and Conservation Division (FIR), FAO; Lahsen Ababouch, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division, FAO; Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO; Johan Williams, Vice-Chair, Norway; Hiromoto Watanabe, Secretary of COFI 30, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Policy, Economics and Institutions, FAO
Elvi Wijayanti, Indonesia
Gabriella Bianchi, FAO
Juan Carlos Ordoñez, Honduras
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Nannette Malsol, Palau
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Antonio Fernandez Aguirre, European Union
Mauree Daroomalingum, Mauritius
Silje Rem, Norway
Kengo Tanaka, Japan
Highlights for Thursday, 12 July2012
 
The fourth day of the 30th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) convened on Thursday. In the morning, delegates received an update from the FAO on its recent activities on the development of International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries, and discussed the necessary future work on this matter. In the afternoon, the Committee considered: FAO’s Programme of Work in fisheries and aquaculture; the Multi-year Programme of Work of the Committee; the revised Rules of Procedure of the Committee and related changes in practice; election of the Chair and Vice-Chairs for COFI 31; other matters; and the date and location of the next session.
View of the Vatican from FAO Headquarters.
View of the Vatican from FAO Headquarters.
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From L-R: Boyd Haight, Director, Office of Strategy, Planning and Resources Management, FAO; Jia Jiansan, Resources Use and Conservation Division, FIR - FAO; Lahsen Ababouch, Director Policy and Economics Division, FIP - FAO; Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO; Mohammed Pourkazemi, Chair of COFI 30, Islamic Republic of Iran; Hiromoto Watanabe, Secretary of COFI 30, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Policy, Economics and Institutions, FAO
Gladys Urbaneja Durán, Venezuela
Angela Bexten, Canada
Rolf Willmann, FAO
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Antonio Fernandez Aguirre, European Union
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Karin Mundnich, Chile
Kengo Tanaka, Japan
Stella Maris Chirinos, Peru
Abdul Razak Ayazi, Afghanistan
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Carlos Amaral, Angola
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Jong Hyun Jong (Ellie), Republic of Korea
Highlights for Friday, 13 July2012
 

Delegates met for the final day of the 30th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) on Friday. The FAO Secretariat took the morning to prepare versions of the Final Draft Report from the session, which had been completed at a final Drafting Committee session the previous evening that lasted until 2:00 am.

In the afternoon, Chair Mohammed Pourkazemi (Islamic Republic of Iran) convened the final plenary session during which delegates considered the Final Draft Report for COFI 30. Reviewing the report paragraph-by-paragraph, delegations suggested and deliberated amendments to clarify the meaning and central points of the week’s discussions. With various amendments, the report was adopted.

Chair Pourkazemi offered wide thanks for the fruitful session and officially gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:19 pm.

The atrium inside the FAO Headquarters.
The atrium inside the FAO Headquarters.
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From L-R: Jia Jiansan, Resources Use and Conservation Division, FIR - FAO; Lahsen Ababouch, Director Policy and Economics Division, FIP - FAO; Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO; Mohammed Pourkazemi, Chair of COFI 30, Islamic Republic of Iran; Hiromoto Watanabe, Secretary of COFI 30, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Policy, Economics and Institutions, FAO
Mohammed Pourkazemi, Chair of COFI 30, Islamic Republic of Iran
Lahsen Ababouch, Director Policy and Economics Division, FIP - FAO
Jia Jiansan, Resources Use and Conservation Division, FIR - FAO
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Karin Mundnich, Chile
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Mauree Daroomalingum, Mauritius
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Secretariat listens to views from the floor on the report of the Drafting Committee.
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*Meeting documents
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