Parlatino to Host Regional Forum on Fishing, Aquaculture in Panama

Representatives of FAO from 16 countries will participate in the international forum on fishing and aquaculture in the region, which will host the Latin American and Caribbean parliament (Parlatino) in September.

According to a press release from the legislative body, issues such as the fight against hunger and poverty will focus the debates, taking into account the strategic association that exists between both entities to promote these matters of vital importance.

In June 2017, the Parlatino Assembly approved the regional model law on artisanal or small-scale fishing for the development of the activity in a more sustainable way, a regulation considered by many to be the first of its kind in the world.

Formulated by Parlatino with the technical support of FAO and the support of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, the legal regulations constitute a reference for the countries of the region to adopt, strengthen and complement their national policies and legislation linked to this sector.

Official figures from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) show that fishing in the region generates more than 11 million tons of products per year, from the captures in seas and inland waters.

‘Fisheries and aquaculture are the main source of protein for 17 percent of the world’s population, and for almost a quarter in the case of low-income countries with food deficits,’ pointed out Alejandro Flores, official of Fisheries and Aquaculture of FAO, who assured that this activity generates income for 120 million people in the world.

The first international treaty came into effect in 2016 aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, promoted by FAO, an entity that established in more than 2.3 million the people that work directly and indirectly in the sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, mainly in traditional fishing.

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