Small-scale inland fisheries
The biennial FAO State of the world fisheries and aquaculture consistently points out the constraints of poor quality statistics and information available for inland water fisheries. In many countries where there are significant freshwater resources inland fisheries are of immense importance as sources of food and livelihood within poor rural communities. But this reality is often not reflected in national statistics, which has a major bearing on policies regarding food security and projections of food demand. Development decisions are likely to favour other sectors such as agriculture or hydroelectric production when the role of inland fisheries in poverty alleviation and food security is not adequately taken into account.
Inland fisheries and the FishCode-STF Project
Due to their specific characteristics and relations with freshwater resources management, inland fisheries are treated as a separate but complementary component vis-à-vis the marine small-scale fisheries FishCode-STF Project component. The new Technical Guidelines will form the starting point for FishCode-STF Project activities related to inland small-scale fisheries, along with the recommendations provided by the Ad-hoc Expert Consultation on New Approaches for the Improvement of Inland Capture Fishery Statistics (Udon Thani, Thailand, September 2002). The inland fisheries component of the FishCode-STF Project will include the following activities.
Funds for this activity of the project are still lacking.