CCAMLR has been awarded the 2016–2017 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Margarita Lizárraga Medal Award for serving with distinction in the application of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (the Code).
The award, established in 1997, pays tribute to the late Ms Margarita Saucedo Lizárraga. Ms Lizárraga, originally from Mexico, worked in the field of fisheries for almost forty years – including at the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. During her time at FAO she was instrumental in promoting sustainable use of fisheries resources, especially in developing countries, and played a key role in promoting the Code. The medal is awarded biennially.
The criteria for selection, established in 1999 by the Selection Committee, address outstanding, practical hands-on contribution to the application of the Code, demonstrated by tangible, sustained effort with potential to catalyse similar and related efforts.
CCAMLR was selected in recognition of its conservation and management of marine living resources in the Convention Area (Southern Ocean), consistent with the Code, in particular for the precautionary and ecosystem-sensitive approach taken by the Commission to balance environmental conservation with the rational utilisation of resources. These achievements are considered by the selection committee to be a model for similar initiatives and could have a catalytic effect on other Regional Fishery Bodies. The contribution of CCAMLR to application of the Code is therefore deemed by the committee to be outstanding, practical, tangible and sustainable, as well as catalytic.
Based on nominations reviewed by a Selection Committee, the Award winner is chosen by a Committee consisting of the members of the Bureau of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (i.e. the Chairperson, the first Vice-Chairperson and the five other Vice-Chairpersons of the Committee), the Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, and the Director-General, acting as Chairman of the Selection Committee.
The CCAMLR Secretariat congratulates all Members for this prestigious award which recognises their combined and sustained efforts in the conservation of marine living resources. A representative of CCAMLR will accept the award at a ceremony to be held in Rome later this year.