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6th World Fisheries Congress attracts over 1,300 delegates from 65 countries May 14,2012   |  Source: FISHupdate

The 6th World Fisheries Congress has drawn to a close at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, attracting 1,365 delegates from 65 countries.

Addressing “Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World”, the Congress was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales and, over the course of five days, tackled the science that underpins sustainable fishing; adaptive management and tools to cope with changing environments and the social and economic cost of failure.

Delivering the closing address, Eric Schwaab, acting assistant secretary for conservation and management at the US Department of Commerce, the parent agency for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, described how the US has rebuilt 27 depleted fish stocks since 2000 and shared details of the process that is quickly ending overfishing.

A programme of panel discussions took place each day, welcoming global experts and politicians to debate the most pertinent issues affecting international fisheries, policy and best practice. The panels addressed:

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform proposals: panellists reached the unanimous view that reducing unwanted catches and discards is vital for the success of fisheries reform;

Role of Standards, Certification and Labelling: the panel debated whether


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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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