30 May 2006

FAO's 10th meeting on world fish trade begins in Spain

9:51 am on 30 May 2006

Pacific countries will be among those attending an international Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting on Fish Trade that starts today in Spain.

The four day meeting brings together over 50 countries to discuss issues relating to the international fish trade, valued at over 70 billion US dollars annually.

Delegates will discuss proposed FAO guidelines for new safety and quality requirements for fish imports and better labelling of fish will be discussed, as well as the role of the fish trade in strengthening food security in the developing world.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna and its implications for international fish trade will also be tabled and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of fisheries in tsunami-affected countries.

The meeting takes place bi-annually to agree upon common policies and strategies for managing international trading of fish products.