Since 2014, the annual FAO-convened Vigo Dialogue has aimed to reach consensus amongst stakeholders on promoting decent employment in fisheries and aquaculture as a win-win situation for all. Some of the important issues to be addressed include abuses of human rights, bondage, poor occupational safety and health, child labour, IUU fishing, ensuring social responsibility, capacity development, institution building, strengthening of fish workers organisations, and ratification of the relevant legal instruments.
In 2013, FAO launched the Blue Growth Initiative, building upon the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). Later, in March 2014 at the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, member countries endorsed the regional initiative on sustainable intensification of aquaculture for blue growth.
Dr Aqorau is also Chairperson of the 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference & Exhibition which will be held this month (28 – 30 May) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Investment in seafood-related start-ups appears to be gathering steam with increased awareness of the huge market possibilities. What would you estimate to be the level of investment in seafood-related start-ups last year? Do you expect a steeper growth curve this year?