OECD suggests incentives and effective managements to rebuild fisheries, at Yeosu Expo.

OECD announced the achievements of Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea-OECD International Symposium. Most importantly, OECD reported that incentives for sustainable fishing industry in relation to economy and environment were essential. Government of each country in the world should develop policies and system to refresh its own domestic fishery.

Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, and Carl-Christian Schdmit, head of the OECD Fisheries Division, indicated that fishery and aquaculture were important to empower the world economy and secure food. Fish products supply nutrition to more than a billion people; and, fish and aquaculture industries provide millions of jobs to people in the Global North and South.

Unfortunately, a lot of fish industries all over the world are vulnerable in terms of both environment and market today. Policies to manage fisheries focus on economic profits, yet these can also achieve ecological goals like resource recovery.

According to OECD’s report, exchanging opinions and sharing ideas with environmental organizations and stakeholders is helpful to overcome difficulties to practice policies for fisheries in the beginning and reflect essential information to recovery plans for the industries. OECD also gives following suggests to policymakers who consider making effective recovery plan for fisheries:

  * Evaluate ecological, economical and social conditions of fishing industry.

  * Set up goal, purpose, regulation to manage fisheries, evaluation index, etc. clearly.

  * Share opinions with stakeholders.

  * Control, monitor and diagnose adequately.

  * Consider discarded fishes and some others, and include measures to decrease those.

If you want to learn more about works of OECD related to fishing industry, visit www.oecd.org/fisheries.

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