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Specific countries experience:

Not all represented exactly :-(

Not all represented exactly :-(

Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Belgium, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Federates States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshal islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moçambique, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Samoa, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tukelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates.


Speaker at the following international Congresses and Expert Consultations.

Facilitating a PEW organised workshop in Thailand

Facilitating a PEW organised workshop in Thailand

  • SeaWeb Seafood Summit, Panel verification and the Data driven future for Seafood and winner of the 2019 Seafood Champion Awards. Thailand, 2019.

  • INFOFISH World Tuna Forum, Thailand 2014, 2016 and 2018.

  • INFOFISH Pacific Islands Tuna Forum: PNG 2010, Palau 2012 and Solomon Islands 2013, Fiji 2015 and PNG 2017.

  • WWF MCS Emerging Technologies Workshop, NZ 2016, Thailand 2018.

  • 5th and 6th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop, NZ 2016 and Thailand 2018.

  • FAO Worldwide Expert Consultation on Technical Guidelines for Catch Certification Schemes - Rome, 2015

  • PEW Expert Consultation on Flag State Performance, US, 2018

Public Appearances & Media

TEDx Talk
Fisheries Compliance, Fairness and Us. Hosted in the TED channel of YouTube 





On the 20th anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, FAO interviews me on the importance of the Code and the challenges ahead.






Radio NZ Interviews:

Tuna quota management reality check        Uncertain future for Pacific Tuna Fisheries  
Solution sought by Pacific for illegal Vietnamese vessels 


Winner 2019 Seafood Champion Awards
The Seafood Champion Awards seek to inspire and catalyze change by providing a platform to recognize those who are committed to overcoming obstacles, seeking novel solutions and fostering strategic partnerships to advance seafood sustainability. Here are my comments about the award


Blaha, F. 2018. Not all tuna are equals in terms of mercury: location matters. SPC Fisheries Newsletter #155. Noumea, New Caledonia.

Hosch, G. & Blaha, F. 2017. Seafood traceability for fisheries compliance – Country level support for catch documentation schemes. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 619. Rome, Italy. 

Blaha, F. 2016. Illustrated Manual on Good Practices to Improve the Marine Products from the Subsistence Fishery Sector in the Asia Pacific Region. APEC Publication Number: APEC#216-OF-03.1. Singapore. 

Blaha, F. 2016. Illegal fishing in the Central and South Pacific. SPC Fisheries Newsletter #151 Noumea, New Caledonia.

Blaha, F. 2016. EU Market Access a Fishery and Aquaculture Products. Independent Publication, Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

Blaha, F. 2015. Impacts of the European Commission yellow cards in the Pacific. SPC Fisheries Newsletter #148. Noumea, New Caledonia.

Blaha et all. 2015. Study on Traceability of Fisheries Products. A comparative study of 10 country cases under the framework of the programme GCP/INT/25/JPN. FAO, Rome. Italy.

Blaha, F. 2015. EU Market Access for Fishery and Aquaculture Products. Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO). Zurich

Blaha, F. 2015. Acceso al Mercado de la UE para Productos Pesqueros y AquicolasSwiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO). Zurich.

Blaha, F. 2015. Seafood Market Access to China. A Brief for FFA Members. FFA. Honiara. Solomon Islands

Blaha et all. 2015. Recommendations for a Global Framework to Ensure the Legality and Traceability of Wild-Caught Fish Products.  Expert Panel on Legal and Traceable Wild Fish Products. Washington DC. USA. 

Blaha, F. 2014. European Union New Labelling & Traceability Requirements - A Guideline for the Pacific Islands Seafood Industry.  A Brief for FFA Members. FFA. Honiara. Solomon Islands

Blaha, F. 2014. Assisting Papua New Guinea with the European Union “yellow card” for IUU fishing. SPC Fisheries Newsletter #144. Noumea, New Caledonia.

Blaha, F. 2014. Operational Control Plan for a Regional Competent Authority Support Unit. A proposal for FFA/DevFishII. Honiara. Solomon Islands,

Blaha, F. 2012. EU market access for small islands. FAO-INFOFISH International.

Blaha, F. 2011. EU Market Access (Health and IUU) & Eco-labelling for Fishery and Aquaculture Products. Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO). Zurich.

Blaha, F. 2011. Acceso al Mercadode la UE y Ecoetiquetado para productos pesqueros y acuicolas. Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO). Zurich .

Blaha, F. 2010. Development of a bait for the longlining fishery of snapper in New Zealand. Lambert Academic Publishing. Germany, ISBN -978-3-8383-6081-2. 

Blaha, F. 2009. The 2 certifications to export seafood to the EU – A side to side analysis of the Heath and non IUU requirements and practical ways to facilitate its implementation. FAO -Infopesca Journal. Vol. 40. Uruguay.

Blaha, F. 2009. How to export seafood to the EU - 2nd Edition. By ITC (WTO/UNCTAD). Geneva. Switzerland.


Contributor to:

Siar, S.V et all. 2011. Experiences and lessons from the cleaner fishing harbours initiative in India. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular. No. 1068. Rome, FAO. 

Sciortino, J.A. 2010. Fishing harbour planning, construction and management. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 539. Rome, FAO.

Gonçalves, A and Blaha, F. 2010. A. Cold chain in seafood industry. In: Larsen, M.E. (ed.), Refrigeration: Theory, Technology and Applications. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.,. (ISBN: 978-1-61668-930-8).

Blaha, F; Nassereddine, S.; Gonçalves, A. 2010. Legislação do pescado (Seção VI). In: Gonçalves, A.A. (Ed.). Tecnologia do pescado: ciência, tecnologia, inovação e legislação. Rio de Janeiro (RJ) Brazil

Blaha, F. 2003. Bait for the Longlining Fishery of Snapper (Pagrus auratus). Advances in Seafood Byproducts. Peter J. Bechtel, Editor.  Alaska Sea Grant College Program (Publisher). University of Alaska Fairbanks. AK-SG-03-0