OECD Review of Fisheries: Policies and Summary Statistics 2017

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The OECD Review of Fisheries provides information on developments in policies and activities in the fishing and aquaculture sectors of OECD countries and participating economies, mainly for the period 2015-16. This year’s  edition includes 35 countries and economies, comprising 28 OECD countries as well as a regional chapter covering developments in the European Union. Also participating in this edition are Argentina, the People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Indonesia, Lithuania, Chinese Taipei, and Thailand. Together, the participants in this Review represent nearly half of global fisheries production, and the majority of aquaculture production.

Chapters 1, 2 and 3, known as the “General Survey”, provide an overview of the activities in the sector and outline country summary statistics and key developments in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The Country Snapshots in Chapter 4 provide additional country level data and details on institutions and policies based on contributions by participating countries and economies.



Policy developments in fisheries and aquaculture

This chapter provides an overview of the latest major policy developments for countries covered by the Review. Countries are advancing reforms in their fisheries management systems to improve both the profitability and sustainability of their fisheries sectors. In the pursuit of these objectives, and on the basis of their experience to-date, a number of countries are currently reviewing and revising the way in which fishing rights and quotas are both allocated and administered. Countries are also working actively to promote the sustainable development of aquaculture, which is seen as the primary source of future growth in fish production. These efforts include regulatory improvements and increased spending on research, as well as cost-sharing with the private sector to encourage investment in the sector.


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