An Angolan delegation led by Fisheries Minister Victoria de Barros Neto is attending the 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) being held in Rome this week.

Among other matters, the meeting has on its agenda an analysis of the current state of the world situation in fisheries and aquaculture.

A 30-nation agreement on fisheries came into force on June 5, 2016, as the first international treaty specially designed to combat illegal fishing and binding nature. Angola was among the first countries to sign the agreement and expects to ratify it soon.

According to a diplomat source, the Angolan minister will speak on international activities to combat illegal, undeclared, unregulated fishing during the meeting which runs from Monday to Friday.

The Fisheries Committee, an auxiliary body of the FAO Council, was created by a conference of the organization in 1965 and is the only inter-government forum discussing the main international issues and problems related to fisheries and aquaculture.

The committee also adopts recommendations for governments, regional organizations on fisheries, fishermen, the FAO and members of the international community.

Source: Nam News Network