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Tuesday, 02 August 2016

Fisheries in the Economies of Pacific Island Countries and Territories

In 2001 and 2008 the Asian Development Bank undertook studies to quantify benefits from the fisheries sectors of Pacific Island countries. Summaries of those studies are provided in Appendix 1 of the present book. In February 2014 discussions between the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) resulted in an agreement to sponsor an update of the earlier publications. A consultant was retained and the fieldwork to collect information began in early August 2014, and was completed in early November. Country-specific information was assembled, analysed, and written up from mid-November to late January, and the main text of the book was produced in early 2016. This book contains a fisheries-oriented discussion of macroeconomics, country information on specific topics (fisheries production, contribution to GDP, etc.), a discussion of important topics across all countries (e.g. the regional significance of fisheries access fees and exports of fishery products), some important features of the benefits from fisheries that have emerged from this study, and recommendations on improving the measurement of fisheries benefits and assuring the continuity of those benefits.