RAP PUBLICATION 2005/16

RAP PUBLICATION 2005/16

ASIA-PACIFIC FISHERY COMMISSION

Asian fisheries today:
The production and use of low value/trash fish
from marine fisheries in the Asia-Pacific region

Simon Funge-Smith, Erik Lindebo and Derek Staples


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

REGIONAL OFFICE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Bangkok, 2005

 

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Cover photos: Mixed fish landings (Theo Ebbers, 2004) and fish sauce vats in Phu Quoc, Viet Nam (Simon Funge-Smith, 2004)


Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Executive summary

1. Introduction

1.1. Definitions of low value/trash fish
1.2. Asia-Pacific fisheries
1.3. Fishing in the context of poverty

2. Low value/trash fish in the Asia-Pacific region

2.1. Sources and production trends
2.2. Uses

3. Issues associated with low value/trash fish

3.1. Overall drivers
3.2. Increasing use of low value/trash fish for aquaculture and other animal feeds
3.3. Competition between use of low value/trash fish for fish meal versus use of low value/trash fish for human food
3.4. Sustainability of the current system
3.5. Amount of fish that becomes trash due to poor handling and post-harvest
3.6. Growth overfishing - harvesting juveniles of commercial species
3.7. Discarding of unwanted fish

4. Conclusions

4.1. Current dilemma
4.2. Future prospects

References

Appendix 1. Examples of small-scale and industrial/commercial fisheries classifications

Appendix 2. General conclusions of the ACIAR report on A survey of marine trash fish and fish meal as aquaculture feed ingredients in Vietnam Edwards, P., Tuan, L.A. And Allan, G.L. (2004)