Rome, April 1995
This document has been prepared by Mr Christophe Breuil, Consultant, Fishery Policy and Planning Division, Fisheries Department, FAO Rome.
The document provides a commentary on the current fisheries and aquaculture situation in Ethiopia, following substantial changes in sectorial policies. The author emphasises present constraints to the rehabilitation and development of the sector and outlines strategies and approaches that might be adopted to address these constraints.
The information given in the paper are based on the documents listed in the Annex and on field missions in the country carried out by the author in June 1993. They are the sole responsibility of the author.
Review of the fisheries and aquaculture sector: Ethiopia.
FAO Fisheries Circular. No. 890. Rome, FAO. 1995. 29p.
This document describes the status of inland capture fisheries and aquaculture sector in Ethiopia as of mid-1993. Current production, from the main lakes, is estimated to be only at about 20% of the potential. The sector appears to be in an evolutive phase following price liberalization and the end of the monopolistic situation the State-owned fish marketing corporation had until recently. Individual fishermen are now allowed to operate outside the framework of cooperatives. Over recent years fish demand has grown significantly and is forecasted to be at least the double of present production by the year 2000. However, important efforts are required to upgrade fishing technologies, to improve infrastructure support such as feeder roads and market sheds, and to consolidate the institutional and legal framework for servicing the development of the industry.
The FAO Fisheries Circular is a vehicle for the distribution of short or ephemeral notes, lists, etc., including provisional versions of documents to be issued later in other series.
Fig. 1: Map of Ethiopia showing location of major water bodies
I. GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY
1.1 Macroeconomic Environment
1.2 The Role of Fisheries in the Economy
II. THE FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SECTOR
2.1 Situation of Capture Fisheries
2.1.1 Natural Resources and Fisheries Potential
2.1.2 Fisheries and Environment
2.1.3 Fishing Technology and Socio-Economic Characteristics of the Industry
2.1.4 Fish Processing and Marketing
2.1.5 Fish Consumption and Demand
III. FISHERIES ADMINISTRATIONS AND SERVICES
3.1 Fisheries and Aquaculture Administration
3.2 Other Institutions with Fisheries Related Functions
3.3 Research and Training
IV. PLANNING FRAMEWORK AND POLICY TOOLS
4.1 Planning Framework
4.1.1 Macroeconomic Policy
4.1.2 Sectoral Policy and Development Plan
4.2 Policy Instruments
4.2.2 Fisheries Legislation
4.2.4 Management Systems
4.3 Development Projects
ANNEX :Documents Consulted