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FAO Code of Conduct

Last updated: 17/06/2014

“The right to fish carries with it the obligation to do so in a responsible manner so as to ensure effective conservation and management of the living aquatic resources” (from FAO Code of Conduct).

To promote long-term sustainable fisheries, in 1995 the FAO Conference adopted the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. The Code is global in scope, and is directed toward members and non-members of FAO, fishing entities, subregional, regional and global organizations, whether governmental or non-governmental, as well as all persons concerned with the conservation of fishery resources and management and development of fisheries, such as fishers, those engaged in processing and marketing of fish and fishery products and other users of the aquatic environment in relation to fisheries.

To assist with the wider dissemination of the Code of Conduct as requested by the FAO Committee on Fisheries, a booklet, entitled “What is the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries?” has been produced. It describes, in a non-technical manner, important aspects of the Code of Conduct. The purpose of the publication is to create greater awareness of the goals and purpose of the Code and to encourage its effective application in all capture fisheries and in aquaculture.