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FAO, Fisheries of the Pacific Islands. 2011
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The importance of fish for selected SIDS
Globally, 180 million people are engaged in fisheries and aquaculture activities, which sustain over 0.5 billion people, while small scale fisheries employ close to 110 million
people (FAO 2010). Many small-scale operators are self-employed
and engaged in both subsistence and commercial activities (FAO 2011). Aggregate capture fisheries play a major role in many national economies, especially in the Pacific SIDS, where capture fisheries can contribute as much as 10% of GDP (Gillett, R. 2011). Fish consumption here accounts for 50-90% of animal protein in the diet of coastal communities while national fish consumption can be as much as 3-4 times higher than the global average per capita (Bell J.D., M. Kronen, A. Vunisea, W.J. Nash, G. Keeble, A. Demmke, S. Pontifex, and S. Andréfouët 2009).