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International trade in fish and fish products is booming. Production is increasing on the back of growing demand across the world. Preservation and transport of produce is becoming cheaper. Lower tariffs have helped, as has the coming in of 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zones.

More than half the value of exports is from developing countries of Low Income Food Deficit Countries (LIFDC). ICSF monitors this trade from the perspective of small-scale fishers, analysing international and regional trade regimes, disseminating information about relevant developments to fishworker bodies, civil society and policymakers.

ICSF explains ecolabelling and other forms of certification and their implications for small-scale fishing communities and food security. The aim is enhanced capacity of fisher organizations to deal with trade on an even keel.

ICSF follows negotiations related to fisheries subsidies and other fisheries-related debates at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and follows regional trade agreements, to inform small-scale fishers about their implications for their access to resources and markets.

 

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ICSF continues to monitor and analyze information on developments in international trade and regional trade regimes and to disseminate information about such developments to fishworker organizations, CSOs and policy makers.

World Seafood Map

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19th Session Sub-Committee on Fish Trade 2023: Enabling Sustainable Market Access and Trade for Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF)

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2023-2032

The Agricultural Outlook 2023-2032 is a collaborative effort of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It brings...

Trade and Environment Review 2023: Building a sustainable and resilient ocean economy beyond 2030 by UNCTAD, 2023

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Marine Fish Stock Status of India, 2022 by CMFRI, 2023

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Detox Development: Repurposing Environmentally Harmful Subsidies by Richard Damania et al.

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Trade and Environment Review 2023: Building a sustainable and resilient ocean economy beyond 2030, UN, 2023

Fifty to 80 per cent of life on Earth is found in the ocean. For centuries the ocean, which is the planet’s life support system, was considered too vast to...

The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: A Reader’s Guide by Tristan Irschlinger and Alice Tipping, 2023

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Illuminating Hidden Harvests – The contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development by FAO, Duke University & WorldFish, 2023

Illuminating Hidden Harvests: the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development (hereinafter IHH) is a global study uncovering the contributions and impacts of small-scale fisheries through a multidisciplinary approach to...

The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: What it means and why it matters by IISD, 2022

After more than two decades of negotiations, members of the World Trade Organization concluded the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies in June 2022. This new treaty establishes for the first time...

Self-Assessment Tool for the Implementation of the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement by IISD, 2022

This self-assessment tool has been developed to support World Trade Organization (WTO) members in their implementation of the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement. Public officials can use the tool to conduct...