SUBJECT : Precautionary Approach to Fishery Technology 

 Recognizing that many aquatic resources are overfished and that the fishing capacity presently available jeopardizes their conservation and rational use, technological changes aimed solely at further increasing fishing capacity would not generally be seen as desirable. Instead a precautionary approach to technological changes would aim at:

a. improving the conservation and long-term sustainability of living aquatic resources;
b. preventing irreversible or unacceptable damage to the environment;
c. improving the social and economic benefits derived from fishing, and
d. improving the safety and working conditions of fishery workers.



Source: http://www.fao.org/3/W3592E/w3592e09.htm