Small-scale fishermen need help to benefit from boom in global fish trade

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Women collecting fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but small-scale fishermen and fish farmers need assistance to benefit from the market, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday.

A record 160 million tonnes of fish products was traded globally in 2013 up from 157 million tonnes the previous year.

People in fish industries in developing countries are involved in only a small part of the trade which is worth $136 billion annually.

Nicole Franz, FAO's Fishery Planning Analyst, said they face a number of barriers.

“They often have a low level of organization which penalises them in expressing actually their need and engaging in a dialogue to get that support. They also have a low political weight and limited participation in decision-making.”  (13″)

FAO said 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 it added there is also firm underlying demand for fish products from world markets.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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