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International trade in fish and fishery products a matter of concern for artisanal fishers, FAO conference told February 21,2012   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

It is important that artisanal fishing communities be provided with broader information on international trade in fish and fishery products, a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organzation of the United Nations (FAO) was told.

The plea was made in an intervention by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) at the 13th Session of the FAO Sub-Committee on Fisheries (COFI) being held at Hyderabad, India, during 20-24 February 2012.

The intervention noted that growing regional trade agreements (RTAs),including free trade agreements and economic partnership agreements, between, and amongst, developed and developing countries are a matter of worry for several small-scale fishing communities. Many local fishing communities are worried that RTAs negatively impact on domestic fish production and domestic fish prices.

Geographical indications (GI) under the trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS ) regime of the World Trade Organization (WTO) can benefit small-scale fishing communities in developing countries, in particular. Along with emphasizing the need to facilitate application of ecolabels originating from small-scale fisheries, FAO may also provide information on how GIs can assist small-scale fishery communities in gaining international


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