The First Meeting of the “Sustainable Fisheries Team of Specialists” taking place on 29-30 January at Room IX, Palais des Nations.

Overfishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) are destructive fishing practices that have a negative impact on sustainable fisheries, livelihoods, and world fish stocks. In 2016, illicit fishing accounted for a staggering 25% of fish of the annual ocean harvest, and was valued at up to $23 billion. This value is lost each year to legitimate fishers. In addition to economic damage, such practices threaten local biodiversity and food security in many countries. An essential step for an effective management of fish resources is the timely acquisition of information on vessels, stocks and catches as well as the exchange of such information between stakeholders.

To address this, UNECE established a Team of Specialists whose aim is to promote, facilitate and support the implementation of sustainable fisheries standards on a global scale, and particularly the Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (FLUX) (…)

For more information, please check out the meeting’s webpage: https://www.unece.org/sftos-firstmtg-2018.html

If you plan to attend, kindly register online by 20 January 2018.