FAO Fisheries Department
The role of the fishing port may be considered as the interface between the netting of fish and its consumption. In many cases, the fishing harbour is also the focal point of pollution, both of the surrounding environment and the fishery products it produces. In today’s world of increased environmental awareness, a fishing port must be planned, designed and managed in harmony with both the physical and biological coastal environments. The recently published FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper Fishing harbour planning, construction and management provides useful basic design requirements and information for both technical and non-technical planners in fisheries departments and other relevant agencies such as policy and planning, budget and finance and public health. The manual is of particular use to local independent consulting engineers and architects with no ports or fisheries experience involved in the design of locally tendered projects for the various international funding agencies.