Small-scale fishers need support to enter regional and international markets
21 February 2014, Bergen/Rome – The booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers to benefit too, FAO said today. Global fishery production from wild capture fisheries and aquaculture is expected to set a new record in 2013 at 160 million tonnes, up from 157 million tonnes the previous year. Exports will reach $136 billion, according to preliminary data published ahead of the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade meeting in Bergen, Norway, next week. Audun Lem, Chief of FAO’s Products, Trade and Marketing Branch says that “The record trade figures reflect the strong growth in aquaculture output and the high prices for a number of species such as salmon and shrimp, but this is underpinned by firm underlying demand for fish products from world markets.”
Nicole Franz is FAO’s Fishery Planning Analyst. In the following interview she explains the main challenges facing small scale fishers and the reasons preventing them from receiving the support they need.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari