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Almost 46 percent of the world’s total fish production in 2018 came from aquaculture, up from 25.7 percent in 2000. The sub-sector is also a growing employer across the world. It employs over one-third of all the global work force in fisheries and aquaculture—35 percent in 2018, up from 17 percent in 1990. It is expected to contribute 48 percent of global fish production by 2030. Investor interest in aquaculture is increasing in many countries, especially in Asia.

Such economic growth must be matched with socio-environmental concerns. New trends in aquaculture activities need to be identified. Occupational safety and health issues need to be addressed, while accounting for women’s work, social development and gender relations. Crucially, any threats to fishing communities from aquaculture operations, including their tenure rights, must be addressed. There is also a need to outline responsible practices and appropriate forms of small-scale aquaculture.

ICSF’s aquaculture programme will look at how the sector can contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. How to better understand this growth and its implications. How to secure local community rights over water bodies. How to build capacities, use local species that contribute to food security.

In 2010 ICSF and Kolkata’s Inland Fisheries Society of India (IFSI) held a workshop titled ‘Small Indigenous Freshwater Fish Species: Their Role in Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Conservation of Biodiversity’ to bring together stakeholders. It highlighted the role of small indigenous freshwater fish species (SIFFS)—of unique nutritional benefit if cooked in traditional ways—in rural food and livelihood security, as also in conserving biodiversity. Their socioeconomic and cultural relevance, how to enhance access, especially of women, to better income and nutrition.

ICSF will launch a new programme in 2020 to study India’s aquaculture systems to promote sustainable development and a human rights-based approach.

Current Programmes

Aquaculture is poised for boom all over the world especially in countries like India where it is traditionally practised. ICSF launched a new programme in 2020 to study India’s aquaculture systems to promote sustainable development and a human rights-based approach. India’s Neel Kranti Mission (Mission Blue Revolution) aims to triple fish production, especially from aquaculture.

Resources

Aquaculture at Crosswaters

Aquaculture at Crosswaters delves into the dynamic emergence of aquaculture in India, with a focus on the states of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. It highlights significant advancements in the...

A Thousand Hands: Story of Aquafarm Workers

A Thousand Hands: Story of Aquafarm Workers tackles the often-overlooked issue of labour within the aquaculture industry, which has received limited attention in India. We hope this documentary will ignite...

Unseen Faces Unheard Voices: Women and Aquaculture (Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India)

The documentary film Unseen Faces, Unheard Voices showcase the impacts of the boom in aquaculture on women in the floodplain regions of the Indian coastal state of West Bengal. Shot...

A Case for a Human Rights-based Approach to Indian Aquaculture Systems: A Literature Review by Neena Elizabeth Koshy

A Case for a Human Rights-based Approach to Indian Aquaculture Systems by Neena Elizabeth Koshy examines the void & facets if aquaculture is to become sustainable & is able to...

Workshop on “Small Indigenous Freshwater Fish Species: Their Role in Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Conservation of Biodiversity”: SIFFS Workshop Report, 23-25 February 2010, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

This is the report on the workshop on “Small Indigenous Freshwater Fish Species: Their Role in Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Conservation of Biodiversity”.  This workshop was organized as a...

Aquaculture and its Genetic Resources: Corporations versus Communities Can Small Scale Fishing Communities benefit from Current Developments? By Susanne Gura, ICSF, 2009

This study commissioned by International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), explores how developments in the aquaculture sector could affect the social, economic, cultural and political rights of these communities,...

E.N.I.G.M.A O.F. E.U.S: Samudra : Consultation on Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome vis-à-vis The Environment and The People, 25-26, May 1992, India-Summary of Proceedings By ICSF, 1992

Hundreds of inland fishermen, often the more marginalized amongst the fishworker communities in the affected countries, have been overnight deprived of their incomes, as consumers began to totally reject the...

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19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: Blue Ports Initiative: Recent Progress and the Way Forward

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19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: Revised Questionnaire on Article 11 (CCRF)

This document provides guidance for FAO Members when completing the questionnaire on the implementation of Article 11 of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). Download  

19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: Executive Summary, Decisions and Recommendations of the 16th Session of the FAO/IOC International Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms

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Report of the Eighteenth Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade, Virtual meeting, 8 April to 8 May 2022, and 7, 8, 9 and 20 June 2022

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19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: Summary of the Eleventh Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture

From 16 to 19 May 2023, the twelfth Session of the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI:AQ) was held in Hermosillo, State of Sonora, Mexico. The...

19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: FAO Guidance on Social Responsibility in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains: Industrial Fishing

This document outlines the process FAO has undertaken to develop the first section of the FAO Guidance on Social Responsibility in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains (FAO Guidance), covering...

19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: The Revision Process of the Article 11 Questionnaire of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF)

This document provides an overview of the efforts made towards implementing the recommendations of the 18th Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI:FT) involving the questionnaire on Article...

19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: FAO work on aquatic food traceability and Catch Documentation Schemes (CDS)

This document provides an overview of FAO’s intersessional work on traceability and Catch Documentation Schemes (CDS) in response to recommendations of the 18th Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish...

19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: Food Safety and Quality for Aquatic Products

This document reviews the latest developments in food safety related to market access for aquatic products. It presents recent FAO activities on food quality and safety in the fisheries and...

19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: Global Themes and Cooperation with other International Organizations

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