Food Loss and Waste in Fish Value Chains
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Landing Sites in Small-Scale Fisheries

Fish landing centres or sites are associated with small-scale marine and inland fisheries. They provide a location for first point of sale for products and provide a place where fishers can leave their boats and obtain supplies such as food, fuel and ice. Many landing centres have developed in association with local communities. The facilities, services and access to market vary. It is these characteristics, as well as the capacity of the users, which influences how fish and fish products are handled and traded, and hence the food loss and waste (FLW) that can occur. It is important to note that the way in which fish is treated at landing centres will have implications for FLW at downstream stages of the value chain.

In the artisanal fisheries sector, limitations or deficiencies in infrastructure at landing sites mean that individual productivity is low and levels of spoilage and waste are high. Although many governments mention the need to support the artisanal fisheries sector, their efforts to do so in infrastructure investments have not been reflected by funding priorities.

Key causes of FLW associated with landing sites include:  

  • delays in selling 

  • poor handling practices 

  • lack of cold chain and ice 

  • lack of hygiene and sanitation 

Key Publications

Design of Sanitary Standards for Landing Sites

This publication is designed to assist policy makers and local consultants in their work to develop modern and efficient landing sites capable of landing and handling fish to the required standards.

Small-scale Fish Landing and Marketing Facilities

This publication aims to aid small-scale fisheries development, specifically addressing the identification, planning and basic designs needed for fish collection, handling, and marketing infrastructure, with focus on reduction of post-harvest losses and marketing costs.

Developing Fish Landing Centres: Experiences and Lessons from Sri Lanka

Included are lessons from a project on sustainable development of small-scale fishing communities and fish landing centres. Attention focuses on the importance of capacity development, and on practical aspects of landing site development.

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