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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.

Current Programmes

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.

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Report of the Thirty-third Session of the Committee on Fisheries By FAO, 2019

The Thirty-third Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) was held in Rome, Italy, from 9 to 13 July 2018. This is a report of the Session reflecting the discussions…

Report of the second meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing By FAO, 2019

This document contains the report of the second meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing held…

Report of the First FAO Expert Workshop for the Assessment of Proposals on Implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) through Fisheries Legal Frameworks, Rome, Italy, 6-8 May 2019 By FAO, 2019

The Expert Workshop discussed CITES implementation, in particular in the fisheries sector, Key issues challenging the enhanced implementation of CITES through the fisheries sector, and Ways to enhance implementation through…

Report of the FAO Expert Consultation on Trade in Fisheries and Aquaculture Services, Gothenburg, Sweden, 20-22 March 2018 By FAO, 2018

This report is the result of the first Expert Consultation on Trade in Fisheries Services. The Expert Consultation was tasked to deliberate in a definition on trade in fisheries services,…

Fisheries subsidies rules at the WTO: A compilation of evidence and analysis edited By ICTSD

The papers in this compilation aim to bring international legal and technical expertise to bear on some of these challenges. They build on many years of work by ICTSD on…

FAO Instruments supporting the sustainability of traded fish and fisheries products By Marcio Castro de Souza, FAO, 2018

The importance of sustainable fisheries in international trade and how the existing FAO fish framework could contribute to support a trading system that is sustainable, transparent, predictable and governed by…

How international multi-stakeholder initiatives contribute to sustainable trade of fish and fish products: the case of FiTI By Andréa Durighello, FiTI, 2018

The FAO organized a Working Session on “FAO Instruments supporting the Sustainability of Traded Fish and Fisheries Products”. The importance of sustainable fisheries and how the existing FAO fish framework could…

The importance of sustainable trade in small-scale fisheries By Ratana Chuenpagdee, TBTI, 2018

Working Session on “FAO Instruments Supporting Sustainability of Traded Fish and Fisheries Products” WTO Public Forum, October 3, 2018, Geneva http://www.fao.org/3/CA2713EN/ca2713en.pdf

Report of the sixteenth session of the sub-committee on fish trade of the Committee on Fisheries Busan, Republic of Korea, 4 – 8 September 2017 By FAO, 2017

The Committee on Fisheries established the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade to serve as a multilateral framework for consultations on international trade in fishery products. The Sub-Committee took note of recent…

Trade policy options for sustainable oceans and fisheries By U. Rashid Sumaila, 2016

With 37% of fish harvest exported as food for human consumption or in non-edible forms, trade policies and measures constitute an essential part of the overall policy framework needed to…