The Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) works to improve understanding, awareness and cooperation in fisheries issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The APFIC Secretariat is hosted by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in Bangkok, Thailand.
"Regional overview of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and the Pacific 2012" The latest APFIC update of its biennial flagship publication is now available for. Download the overview for a comprehensive description of the fishery and aquaculture resources and trends across the APFIC region. This is dealt with by commodity groups and resources types, with additional management information.
The Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) has successfully convened its 33rd Session in Hyderbad, India (23-25 June, 2014). Amongst the outcomes of the 33rd Session was the endorsement of the APFIC regional guidelines for the management of tropical trawl fisheries in the Asia region. These guidleines provide guidance on more effective mangment of trawl fisheries in the region and follow an ecosystem management approaches. The background to the guidelines and supporting information can be accessed here.
The Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) is pleased to announce that it has published a series of technical guides for training in Port Inspection of Fishing Vessels. These were developed at the request of member countries to assist in developing regional capacity building in the implementation of Port State Measures. As part of this commitment, APFIC and FAO with the assistance of the Department of Fisheries Thailand, have developed a "Port Inspection Training" course. The target organisations for port inspection training come from a cross-section of national agencies responsible for various aspects of enforcement. These may include staff from fisheries, customs, immigration, coast guard, police, navy, port authorities, and maritime officers. It has been developed based on the training requirements for inspectors, as detailed in the 2009 FAO Port State Measures Agreement. The three volumes are accompanied by a set of Powerpoint presentations. It is expected that this course will be further adapted by interested organizations and countries to suit the specific legal and management contexts of their fisheries. Click here for the "Port Inspection Training" course materials