Fisheries

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The Fisheries division is publishing a series of posts on the OECD Insights Blog to make the concepts and policies of global fisheries policy more accessible. Read the first post on Managing expectations in fisheries.
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The OECD Fisheries Committee, Development Assistance Committee, UNFAO and World Bank hosted a joint session on policy coherence for development in fisheries and aquaculture. Download all of the presentations and briefing materials now.
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The OECD fisheries division provides timely policy analysis of pressing global issues in fisheries, aquaculture, and sustainable fisheries management through reports, books and policy papers.

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  The Blue Economy

Fisheries will be crucial in feeding a global population set to rise by 2 billion over the next 40 years. The challenge today is harnessing the potential of this Blue Economy.


 

Publications

‌The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

The fisheries sector faces numerous challenges. This handbook draws upon a decade of OECD work that identifies both the challenges facing fisheries and solutions to them.

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Rebuilding Fisheries: The Way Forward

This publication analyses the issues and challenges governments face as they develop and implement plans to rebuild fisheries. The focus is on the economic and institutional issues and builds on evidence from OECD fisheries.

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Certification

This work refers primarily to privately-driven certification schemes which have become an established feature of the market for eco-labels in fisheries and aquaculture.

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The Economics of Adapting Fisheries to Climate Change

While most work on climate change in the fisheries sector has focused on fisheries science, this book highlights the economic and policy aspects of adapting fisheries to climate change.

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» All fisheries books
» Food, agriculture, and fisheries papers

 

Key Areas in Fisheries

Aquaculture
Global demand for fish is rising, but there are limited possibilities of increasing production from capture fisheries. Aquaculture now provides more than 50% of the global supply of fisheries products for direct human consumption. In this context, the aquaculture sector is seen as an increasingly important supplier of healthy, high quality seafood.

» Discover the role of aquaculture in fisheries

Climate Change and Fisheries
Climate change will affect fish and their habitats. Warmer temperatures will influence the abundance, migratory patterns and mortality rates of wild fish stocks and determine what species can be farmed in certain regions.These climatic effects on fish will have social and economic consequences for people dependent on fisheries and aquaculture.

» Explore the impact of climate change on fisheries

Globalisation and Fisheries
Global markets for fish and fish products 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.

» Review the impact of globalisation on fisheries

Certification
Fish sellers and consumers are increasingly looking for assurances that the food they buy has been sustainably produced. Some private eco-labels and certification schemes have been established to meet consumer demand for information while helping fishers and processors to reassure their markets.

» Examine aquaculture certification schemes

Economics of Rebuilding Fisheries
Many commercial fisheries are characterised by too many fishers (and vessels) chasing too few fish. Central to addressing the situation of overfished and depleted stocks is the establishment of responsible fisheries policies and management systems, within a broader marine ecosystem context.

» Learn about responsible fisheries policies


Other Topics in Fisheries

Countries list

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  • Albania
  • Algeria
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  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
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  • Austria
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  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
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  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
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  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
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  • Lebanon
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  • Liberia
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  • Macao (China)
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  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
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  • Mozambique
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  • Nepal
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  • Niue
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  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
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  • Uruguay
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  • Venezuela
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  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe