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The importance of fish for selected SIDS

Year: 2013 Author: GRID-Arendal
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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).
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