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Globalisation in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Opportunities and Challenges

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This overview of global markets for fish and fish products finds that they have changed considerably over the past few decades and continue to do so, with ever growing interactions across countries and continents. Change has brought substantial benefits to the world economy and a number of policy challenges for governments. To meet these challenges, without compromising the advantages of increasing market interactions, countries must develop and implement fisheries management frameworks and aquaculture strategies that accommodate globalisation without undermining resource sustainability.

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Executive Summary

Over the past decades, global markets for fish and fish products have changed considerably and continue to do so. This is a never ending and ongoing process in which operators along the fisheries value chain (fishers, fish farmers, traders, processors and retailers) are searching for new opportunities, reduced production costs and profitable investments in an increasingly internationalised business environment. New products and production methods, fragmentation and outsourcing of production processes, and changing value chains are characteristics of the ever evolving nature of global fish markets. The particularity about fisheries is that it is part of a global commons that demands regional and international co-operation to ensure that fish stocks are exploited in a sustainable and responsible way.

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