FAO Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification is Successfully Held in Beijing.-Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS)

updated Jan 9, 2017

FAO Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification is Successfully Held in Beijing.

The FAO Expert Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification was held in Beijing from 6 to 8 May 2008. The workshop is jointly organized by FAO, NACA, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA). The purpose of the FAO consultative workshop is to bring stakeholders to discuss and improve the draft FAO guidelines for aquaculture certification to make it a global aquaculture production and certification criteria. It also aims at building consensus for further implementation. The Workshop was attended by more than 60 participants, including aquaculture experts and stakeholders from government agencies, private enterprises, and agencies involved in certification schemes and food safety from China, as well as international experts from FAO, NACA and SEAFDEC.

Presentations during the workshop cover overview of Chinese aquaculture sector, constraints and challenges in Chinese aquaculture product international trade, current status of certification and aquatic animal health aspects of certification. This workshop explores opportunities and challenges for implementing the certification guidelines in China through group discussions. Topics like the value chain and traceability in aquatic production and marketing in China, as well as challenges faced by small-scale aquaculture producers and in their participation in certification were also discussed during the workshop. The participants provided a number of specific recommendations to the draft.

FAO representatives expressed that a lot of valuable information are received in the workshop and they would give full consideration to suggestions and recommendations raised by Chinese stakeholders. The guidelines would be further modified to make it more convenient and applicable.