Work continues on the FAO International Code
of Conduct on Responsible Fishing. Consultations with NGOs took
place during the final week of the March session but, because the
States delegations were under severe workloads during the session,
little formal consultation was possible. Consolidation of the whole
draft will continue through 1994. The final draft is expected in
December and will then be presented to the FAO's Committee on
Fisheries in March 1995.
The Code will contain eight sections but two sections are seen as
crucial to its formulation: Fishing Operations, and, Fisheries
Management Practice. Look for a Technical Consultation on all
aspects of the proposed Code. Look also for further details on the
FAO Expert Consultation to be hosted by Canada June 6-12, 1994, on
Fishing Operations. Watch out for IMO and ILO comments in July on
the outcome of the Expert Consultation.