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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Trade Policy Review Body – Trade policy review – Report by the Secretariat – Norway – Revision dated 23/01/2019 By WTO, 2019

Norway has an advanced economy with a per capita GDP among the highest in the world at NKr 621,400 (US$75,200) in 2017. Trade is important to the economy, with imports...

International fisheries access agreements and trade By Tatyana Chesnokova & Stephanie McWhinnie, Environmental and Resource Economics volume, 2019

International fishery access agreements allow fishermen from one country to harvest fish in another country’s waters. We empirically examine why countries sign fisheries access agreements with each other and compare...

Human Development Report 2019 By UNDP, 2019

The 2019 Human Development Report is the latest in the series of global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990 as independent, analytically and...

World Trade Report 2019 : The future of services trade By WTO, 2019

Services have become the most dynamic component of global trade, with an increasingly important role in the global economy and in everyday life. Yet the extent of services’ contribution to...

Enhancing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security and sustainable livelihoods By FAO, 2019

An overview of the FAO Umbrella Programme for the promotion and application of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication...

FAO blue growth initiative & indigenous peoples By FAO 2019

The Blue Growth Initiative seeks to balance the sustainable management of aquatic resources with economic and social benefits for local communities. The Blue Growth Initiative values the crucial role Indigenous...

GLOBEFISH Highlights By FAO, 2019

This edition of GLOBEFISH Highlights , April 2019 issue with Jan. – Dec. 2018 Statistics is published just after the international exhibition “Brussels Seafood Expo Global”.

Global Report On The Biology, Fishery And Trade Of Precious Corals By Cannas, R., Follesa, M.C., Cau, Alessandro, Cau, Angelo and Friedman, K. FAO, 2019.

This document has been prepared by the FAO, in accordance with a request from CITES (CoP Decision 17.191 on Precious corals, for consideration at the 30th meeting of the Animals...

Guidelines for increasing access of small-scale fisheries to insurance services in Asia By Tietze U., van Anrooy, R. FAO, 2019

They were developed to provide implementation guidance for increasing access to financial services, particularly insurance, by small-scale fisheries. They also intend to support the implementation of the 1995 FAO Code...

Joining forces in the fisheries sector: Promoting safety, decent work and the fight against IUU fishing By FAO, 2019

This brief presents the “Manila Call for Action” adopted at a regional technical seminar on the promotion of safety, decent working conditions and the fight on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated...