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New Publication: Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture. Synthesis of current knowledge, adaptation and mitigation options

A unique overview of the implications of climate change for fisheries and aquaculture, and for the millions of people who depend on these sectors for their livelihoods, this publication maps out solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation around the globe.

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New data published in July 2018: Global fisheries commodities and Regional capture fisheries up to 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of updated statistics on global fisheries commodities production and trade and regional capture fisheries production up to 2016. These data are now available through query panels and the following workspaces in FishStatJ

Global commodities workspace:

  • Fisheries Commodities Production and Trade 1976-2016

Regional workspace:

  • CECAF (Eastern Central Atlantic) capture production 1970-2016
  • GFCM (Mediterranean and Black Sea) capture production 1970-2016
  • RECOFI capture production 1986-2016
  • Southeast Atlantic Capture Production 1975-2016
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New publication: Report of the FAO Expert Consultation on Trade in Fisheries and Aquaculture Services, Gothenburg, Sweden, 20-22 March 2018

At its thirty-second session, in July 2016, the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) underlined the importance of trade in fisheries services and welcomed the work of the FAO on conducting a literature review on the subject. In September 2017, during its sixteenth session, the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI:FT) was invited to note the literature review and to make recommendations for future work on the topic. On this occasion, the Sub-Committee agreed to hold an expert consultation on trade in fisheries services that would allow a more detailed analysis, within a clear scope. This report is the result of the first Expert Consultation on Trade in Fisheries Services. The Expert Consultation was convened by FAO with the financial support of the Government of Sweden, in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 20 to 22 March 2018. The Expert Consultation was tasked to deliberate in a definition on trade in fisheries services, possible classification and methodologies for assessing its extension and impact. In addition, the Expert Consultation also suggested follow-up developments by FAO to enhance the work of the Organization.

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FAO/NFTEC/SYSU Intensive 7-day course on Tilapia Lake Virus successfully completed in Guangzhou

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Twenty nine participants representing competent authorities, academe
and service providers completed the TILV 7-day intensive course
from 18-24 June 2018.

A collaborative capacity building initiative between China's National Fisheries Extension Center and Sun Yat-Sen University and FAO, the TiLV course concluded successfully on 24 June 2018. Prof J He (SYSU) and Dr F Zang and Ms Q Li (NFTEC) were special guests during the opening and closing, respectively.

Some 29 participants (representing competent authorities, academe and service providers) from Brasil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam completed the course that was delivered by experts from China (Dr Y Hong, Prof A Li, Dr H Liu, Prof J Xia) and FAO (Dr K Tang/USA, Dr W Surachetpong/Thailand, Dr H Dong/VietNam, Dr M Jansen/Norway & Dr M Reantaso/FAO).

Seven sessions (consisting of 22 expert presentations, field visit, laboratory activities & interactive exercises) gave the participants the most current information on the biology, pathology, diagnostics, surveillance, farm level management of TiLV and emergency preparedness – and reinforced their capacity to prepare an action plan on TiLV.

Tilapias, the second-most important farmed finfish worldwide (with Nile Tilapia ranked 6th among the most important cultured species), are affordable, with widespread source of low cost but high quality protein and micronutrients. TiLV represents a serious threat to food security in countries where tilapias are farmed.

An enveloped, negative-sense, single stranded RNA virus, TiLV seems to have a narrow host specificity [farmed tilapia, e.g hybrid tilapia, Nile tilapia, red tilapia] and reported as well from several wild tilapines.

Histopathology, RT-PCR & RT-qPCR, and in-situ hybridization are recommended methods to identify TiLV; as well as fulfilling Koch's postulate for first time diagnosis. Syncytial hepatitis is the most common histopathological lesion found in TiLV outbreaks,

Although the precise mechanism for transmission is unknown, horizontal disease transmission is likely to be the main mode of disease spread. Vertical transmission also needs to be investigated.

Fourteen tilapia producing countries had TiLV reports (e.g. through local and international scientific literature, OIE notifications). As live tilapia is widely traded, TiLV may have spread significantly over the years since the first report in 2009; no information on the role played by the trade in uncooked tilapia products.

Tilapia producing countries are encouraged to assess risks, undertake surveillance to determine national TiLV health status, investigate unexplained tilapia mortalities and introduce risk management measures where deemed necessary. The status of TiLV in a country can be politically sensitive; it is recommended that competent authorities are immediately informed of any observation (field or research) before such findings are made publicly available.

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Main objectives emphasized at first regional fisheries data and statistics working group

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Group photo Biological data collection in Dominican Republic

Bridgetown, Barbados – Wednesday, 16 May 2018: A team of Data and Statistics Experts from 16 Caribbean countries met to officially launch the work of the Data and Statistics Working Group recently endorsed by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC).

The meeting attracted fishery officers, data collectors, data managers, researchers, stock assessors, policy officers, statistical and information analysts along with fisheries statistics managers. During the meeting, the FDS Working Group (WG) elected its first Convener, Ms. Nancie Cummings, NOAA) and Co-Convener, Mrs. Jeannette Mateo, of the Dominican Republic who would guide the activities of the WG during the coming intersessional period. In addition, the WG identified four main objectives which it deemed critical to forge science-based evidence for use in monitoring and stock assessment and informed decision making in the region.

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Disseminating the Regional database content through the
WECAFC Map viewer
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