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Manage and develop living aquatic fish resources with due respect for ecosystem and biodiversity: UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Along with the World Environment Day, June 5, the 'International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing' was also celebrated.

The UN has urged the international community on its website to 'effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices' by 2020.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that coordinates the observance; illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11–26 million tonnes of fish each year.

"Fisheries provide a vital source of food, employment, recreation, trade and economic well-being for people throughout the world. In a world of growing population and persistent hunger, fish has emerged as an important commodity for the achievement of food security. However, efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities," informs the UN website.

To promote long-term conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources, the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries has been framed for 'responsible practices with a view to ensuring the effective conservation, management and development of living aquatic resources, with due respect for the ecosystem and biodiversity'.

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