Fisheries Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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The mission of the Fisheries Department of FAO is to facilitate and
secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the
world?s fisheries and aquaculture.

FAO is acutely aware of the fundamental social and economic role
played by the fisheries sector in:

Meeting global and national sustainable food security.

Providing self and paid employment for fishing communities as a means
of alleviating poverty in fishing communities and stemming rural/urban

-Contributing to national and international trade, and
-Generating national income.

Underpinning these basic social and economic objectives is the
requirement for fisheries and aquaculture to be responsibly
managed. This implies preventing overfishing, co-ordination and
delivery of effective research and extension and the empowerment of
people, especially women tasks for which many FAO Members are not
fully prepared. The Fisheries Department therefore provides, on the
request of Members, technical assistance in all aspects of fisheries
and aquaculture management and development.


[Summary provided by FAO Fisheries.]

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