Food Loss and Waste in Fish Value Chains
©FAO/Ansen Ward
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  • Skills and Knowledge
  • Services and Infrastructure
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Social and Gender Equity
  • Markets

Skills and Knowledge for Landing Sites in Small-Scale Fisheries

Key skills and knowledge required by those managing a landing site to prevent and reduce food loss and waste (FLW) include:  

  • food safety
  • maintaining fish quality
  • legal requirements and legislation
  • health and safety 
  • environmental protection 
  • landing site management and legal responsibilities of management
  • business planning and financial management
  • standards and control procedures
  • training
  • facilities and equipment
  • hygiene and sanitation
  • waste storage and disposal 
  • fish grading and weighing 
  • fish handling storage and dispatch 
  • ice production, storage, and handling
  • fish transport
  • protection of product from contamination
  • hygienic handling and use of facilities 
  • cleaning and disinfection
  • personal hygiene 
  • pest control
  • temperature control and monitoring
  • monitoring of product quality and safety
  • maintenance of facilities and equipment

Areas for Management Input

Areas for Management Input

Because of the diversity of situations and circumstances in which fishermen operate, it is extremely difficult to present ready-made solutions for the size and composition of a port management body. However, there are four major areas where management input is required:

  • the day-to-day management of operations (unloading, sorting, icing and onward movement plus any other activity that the landing may be used for) and general maintenance
  • financial administration of the facility (fees for services rendered, licensing, sale of water and fuel, etc.)
  • landing statistics
  • administration of hygiene standards throughout the facility

The management of a facility will be responsible for raising awareness among users, such as fishers and traders, of their responsibilities and standards that need to be met. Examples of the obligations of users can be adapted from the Sydney Fish Market Rules.

Key Publications

Guidelines for the Landing and Sale of Fishery Products

These guidelines provide advice on maintaining standards of fish quality and food safety, and on maximizing value through efficient landing and sale operations, and is an intended reference for trade and official bodies.                             

Port Management

Overview of landing site management structures and requirements.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

More Resources

More Resources

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