FARNET Guide #12: Boosting business along the fisheries value chain

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By Milthon Lujan

Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), FLAGs have the opportunity to support “adding value, creating jobs, attracting young people and innovation at all stages of the supply chain of fishery and aquaculture products”.

This guide offers inspiration and methods to do so, by helping fisheries businesses to access the knowledge, networks and funding necessary to undertake new activities and imagine new ways of working, thus contributing to a dynamic and resilient fisheries and aquaculture sector at local level.

In the context of fisheries and aquaculture, the value chain refers to “all the activities and services – from input supply to production (capture fisheries and aquaculture farming), processing, wholesale and finally, retail”. Each species, including from each boat or fish farm, will have a specific value chain depending on the production method, the qualities of the product (including the size), the marketing channels established and the “middle-men” involved.

This guide aims to provide tools for Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) aiming to strengthen the value chains in their area and ensure that local businesses, and especially fishermen and local aquaculture producers, capture as big a portion of that value as possible.

Reference (open):
Monica Veronesi Burch and Stephanie Maes. 2017. Boosting business along the fisheries value chain. FARNET Guide #12

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