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World Fisheries Day: How the EU can support sustainable African artisanal fisheries November 23,2020   |  Source: CFFA

In this declaration on the occasion of World Fisheries Day, the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements (CFFA) calls on the European Union to integrate the FAO Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale fisheries into all its policies that have an impact on this sector, particularly in the Blue Economy and Farm to Fork strategies and in its external action.

CFFA welcomes the organisation of World Fisheries Day around the world, in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, and recalls that fishing activities are strongly impacted and that we must work collectively to achieve sustainable solutions and measures for the sector, particularly in view of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA);

The implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF) is a major issue in fisheries law and recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in its latest annual resolution on sustainable fisheries in December 2019;

We commend the work of FAO and civil society organizations around the world on these Guidelines, including the publication by FAO of a legislative guide to assist authorities and stakeholders in the implementation of the Guidelines. This is also in line with the Implementation Guide on



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