The International Co-operative Fisheries Organisation (ICFO) was originally founded in 1966, as a sub-committee of the ICA's Agricultural Committee. It became an independent body in 1976 and was known as the ICA Fisheries Committee. The Chairman of the sub-committee of fisheries under the Agriculture Committee was Mr. Pierre Lacour, President of Confederation de la Cooperation de la Mutualite et du Crdedit Maritimes (CCMCM) of France.
The sub-committee of fisheries became independent in 1976, and Mr. Jirozaemon Saito, the then board member of National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations (ZENGYOREN) of Japan was elected as the first Chairman of the independent Fisheries Committee of ICA. (The international co-operative fisheries organization of ICA was called "Fisheries Committee of ICA" in those days.)
On 16 November, 2009, at the annual general meeting of ICFO held in Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Ikuhiro Hattori (president of National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, JF ZENGYOREN), the third Chairman of ICFO, retired from the Chairmanship. Mr. Lee Jong Koo, president of National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives (KNFC), South Korea, was elected as the fourth Chairman.
On 2 November 2013, at the annual general meeting of ICFO held in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr Lee Jong koo was reelected as the fifth Chairman of ICFO. On 24 March 2015, the term of Mr. Lee Jong kooas president of Korean National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives came to an end. Thus,Mr. Lee Jong koo stepped down from his position in ICFO. On 25 March 2015, Pursuant to Article 8 of ICFO, Mr. Kim Imkweon, who was newly elected on 16 February as the 24th president of Korean National Federation of Fisheries cooperatives succeeded former chairman, Mr. Lee Jong koo as the sixth Chairman of ICFO.(see the following list of chairman in chronological order.)
|2015.03.25 ~||Mr. Kim ImKweon (Korea)||President of Korean National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives(KNFC)|
|2009 ~ 2015||Mr. Lee Jong Koo (Korea)||President of Korean National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives(KNFC)|
|2007 ~ 2009||Mr. Ikuhiro Hattori (Japan)||President of ZENGYOREN.|
|1992 ~ 2007||Mr. Shoji Uemura (Japan)||Former President of ZENGYOREN|
|1976 ~ 1992||Mr. Jirozaemon Saito (Japan)||Former Board Member (later Vice-President) of ZENGYOREN|
The secretariat of ICA Fisheries Committee was served by ICA headquarters in London until 1980. From late 1980 to early 1982, ZENGYOREN dispatched its staff (Mr. Kiyokazu Nakagawa) to ICA headquarters in London to work as a joint secretariat staff of ICA Fisheries Committee.
In 1983, the ICA headquarters moved from London to Geneva, Switzerland, and the person seconded from ZENGYOREN returned to ZENGYOREN, Tokyo. However, ZENGYOREN continued to serve as Joint-Secretariat of ICA Fisheries Committee until 1987.
It was after this that ZENGYOREN continued to serve as the Secretariat. Mr. Masaaki Sato of ZENGYOREN served as the Secretary from 1987 to 2009.
Since 2009, Mr. Park Kwang bum of KNFC has served as the Secretary General.