A Study of International Fisheries Research logo

Fish and fisheries have global importance. They make an important contribution to the world's food supply and are a source of income for more than 100 million people who depend, directly or indirectly, on fisheries for their livelihood. People in developing countries - particularly the poor - rely on fish for a large share of their animal protein requirements. The study reports on the major changes in fisheries over the last 50 years, particularly developments in fishing techniques, management, and market demand. Inadequate resources management, particularly for offshore fisheries and, increasingly, in aquaculture, has resulted in many areas in seriously low, unbalanced, and unsustainable fish stocks. The environment has also had detrimental effects on fishing societies, especially the rural poor, and on nations economies. The study targets areas of concern and opportunities to address the problems, and culminates in a plan for action for use by all major aid donors.

Publisher: World Bank

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