The conference will be jointly organized by the FAO Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, NACA and the Thai Department of Fisheries which will host the conference. The suggestion to hold a Global aquaculture Conference follows a decision of the NACA Governing Council at its 19th meeting held in Kathmandu in February 2008.
In 1976, FAO organized the first ever global conference on aquaculture in Kyoto, Japan. The 1976 Kyoto Conference explored a variety of opportunities for aquaculture development, including technology, science, networking, and manpower and institutional strengthening. It triggered the recognition of aquaculture into higher prominence.
Almost 25 years later, in 2000, the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia and the Pacific (NACA) and FAO along with the Thai Department of Fisheries organized the “Conference on Aquaculture in the Third Millennium”, in Bangkok, Thailand. The 2000 Bangkok Millennium Conference reflected on the 25 years of aquaculture development globally, and examined the role of aquaculture and its likely role in the overall development context.
The Conference resulted in a global consensus, “The Bangkok Declaration and Strategy for Aquaculture Development” (Bangkok Declaration), which provided the much needed technical and political vision and guidance for sustainable development of the sector.
A decade after the Bangkok Millenium Conference, it is now timely to evaluate where the sector stands today, how far it had travelled since 2000, and what challenges and opportunities are encountered by the various stakeholders and to consider collectively the common quest for its continued sustainable development.
Cognizant of the guidance from the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the 1996 FAO World Food Summit and the above in mind, FAO, NACA and the Kingdom of Thailand endeavour to hold the “Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010”.
The Conference will be held from 9 to 12 June 2010 and back-to-back with the 5th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, Sub-Committee on Aquaculture. The latter, which will also be hosted by the Royal Thai Government, will be held just after the Conference, from 14 to 18 June 2010.
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