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.




Over the past decades, global markets for fish and fish products have changed considerably and continue to do so. In search of new business opportunities, reduced production costs and profitable investments, fisheries operators along the value chain (harvesters, processors, distributors and retailers) have turned to opportunities located abroad. This has been made possible as markets have become closer and more integrated though the reduction or abolishment of barriers for trade, investment and services, and as information and transport technology have advanced. The fisheries sector has undergone steady “internationalisation” over past decades, driven principally by a quest for access to resources and raw material.


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