World Fisheries Day - 21 November 2023

Commemorating the Significance of Fisheries

World Fisheries Day is observed annually on November 21st to highlight the importance of sustainable fisheries management and to draw attention to the critical role of small-scale fishers in ensuring food security and livelihoods for millions around the world. This global event serves as a platform to raise awareness about the challenges facing fisheries, including overfishing, habitat destruction, and climate change.

World Fisheries Day 2023 Theme

The theme for World Fisheries Day 2023 is ‘Celebrating the Wealth of Fisheries and Aquaculture’.

The Genesis of World Fisheries Day

The roots of World Fisheries Day can be traced back to 1997 when the “World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers” convened in New Delhi. This landmark gathering led to the formation of the “World Fisheries Forum” with representatives from 18 countries. The forum’s founding declaration advocated for a global mandate of sustainable fishing practices and policies, paving the way for the establishment of World Fisheries Day.

World Fisheries Day serves as a crucial reminder of the need to protect and manage our marine and freshwater resources responsibly. By adopting sustainable practices and fostering international collaboration, we can ensure a healthy and productive fisheries sector that continues to provide food security and livelihoods for generations to come.

Source: www.internationaldays.org


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