The 34th Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) highlighted the significance of inclusive and sustainable ocean economies to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In aquatic food value chains, fishing ports are essential for fostering innovation, safeguarding the environment, and promoting social inclusion.

As vital nodes, fishing ports can positively impact people’s livelihoods, foster synergies, and promote local development. As outlined in COFI:FT/XVIII/2022/Inf.82 , improvements of the triple sustainability bottom lines – environmental protection, social benefits, and economic growth – are essential for a sustainable fishing port.

FAO Blue Ports Initiative (BPI) supports the strategic planning capacity of ports by integrating inclusiveness, competitiveness, environmental sustainability, and efficiency into development activities. This includes establishing a global network, incorporating pilot projects, and strengthening the collaboration between academia, governments, private sector and civil society.