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  • Making Reform Happen for Sustainable Fisheries Conference, 2 May 2018

    The OECD conference Making reform happen for sustainable fisheries will bring together policy-makers and specialists from business, academia and civil society to explore practical ways to accelerate fisheries policy reforms.

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  • Fisheries Support Estimate

    The OECD has developed the Fisheries Support Estimate (FSE) database to measure fisheries support policies in a way that allows users to compare how fisheries supports differ between countries and evolve over time.

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  • Download the OECD Fish Dictionary app

    The Multilingual Dictionary of Fish and Fish Products is a world standard guide to the names of fish and fish products traded internationally. It is co-published by OECD and Wiley-Blackwell. This dictionary, now available for your mobile devices, comprises 1187 items, with descriptions in English and French and the equivalents for the main heading in 18 other languages. Scientific names are also provided.

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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.



Fishing for Development

This report summarises the current situation in fisheries and aquaculture, observing that in many parts of the world these sectors are at risk and do not reach their full potential.

Green Growth in Fisheries and Aquaculture

This report summarises the current situation in fisheries and aquaculture, observing that in many parts of the world these sectors are at risk and do not reach their full potential.

‌OECD Review of Fisheries: Country Statistics 2014

This publication contains statistics on fisheries in OECD member countries (with the exception of Austria, Israel and Slovenia) and some non-member economies from 2006 to 2013.

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‌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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Key Areas in Fisheries

Fisheries Innovation
Innovation is the deliberate process of utilising or adapting inventions and improved practices for practical use at an individual, organisational or national level. Examples of fisheries and aquaculture innovations include harvesting technologies, conservation technologies, aquaculture technologies, new products and markets, and institutional innovation.

» More about the process of innovating in fisheries and 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

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

Recreational Fisheries
Recreational fishing is a popular pastime in many countries. In salt or fresh water, recreational anglers use a number of traditional fishing techniques, from pole-and-line to nets to traps. While direct value-added of recreational fishing is small compared to commercial fishing, the amount of economic activity generated by recreational fishing can be large. The impact of this activity on rural communities where recreational fishing takes place can be important.

» Read more about recreational fisheries

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