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Rejuvenating ACP smallscale fisheries using ICTs

As the basis for rejuvenating small-scale fisheries in ACP countries, this report maps the pathway from fisher to the system of policy, legislation and practice that constrain his operation. The report reviews the existing use of ICTs in the small-scale fisheries value chain in ACP countries and finds that there is no strategic or operational framework within which these technologies are applied.

Capture fisheries and post-harvest value-added trade account for nearly 1% of global gross domestic product (GDP), with half of all global fish exports originating in developing countries. In these countries, the small-scale fisheries sector predominates and its management presents vexing challenges at the intersection of competing biological, economic and social priorities. As a result, in many countries, relations between different agents in the sector are strained and the progress of product ‘from hook to cook’ has languished. This report posits that for resilience, this traditional value chain cannot be divorced from the complex system of policy, legislation and practice within which fish is legitimately harvested, handled, processed and sold.

As the basis for rejuvenating small-scale fisheries in ACP countries, this report maps the pathway from fisher to the system of policy, legislation and practice that constrain his operation. It identifies information and communications technologies (ICTs) as key enablers of linkage along the way; it classifies the progressive categories of intervention according to instrumental, informational, transactional, organisational and ultimately ecosystems strategic tiers. It introduces the notion of the vertical value chain, which describes the use of information and communications in progressively more complex tasks. These tasks add tangible value to the operations of the small-scale fisher while ultimately enabling him to engage with all agents who govern various aspects and contexts of his livelihood.

The report reviews the existing use of ICTs in the small-scale fisheries value chain in ACP countries and finds that there is no strategic or operational framework within which these technologies are applied. The report closes by identifying nine key reasons for the failure of the small-scale fisheries sector in using ICTs for transformative gain. The shallow penetration into the vertical value chain and the lack of embedding ICTs and complementary disciplines in the development cycle at an early stage and consistently, features strongly among the shortcomings. Recommendations and cautions are offered to rejuvenate the small-scale fisheries sector within the context of its complex interdependencies and rich ecosystem.