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Small scale coastal fisheries around the world are increasing their efforts to meet the ever growing local and global demands for fisheries products.

Shellcatch works with these fisheries to help them sustainably meet their goals.

 
 
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Gourmet seafood markets are now worth over 

 
$1Billion/yr,

and seafood consumption is UP.

Simultaneously,

Sustainability is DOWN

Fisheries around the world are responsible for declines in populations of many non-target marine species, including fish with little or no commercial value, and high conservation value species, like marine turtles and marine mammals. It is estimated that a minimum of 300,000 turtles and 600,000 marine mammals are killed annually in commercial fisheries’ “bycatch”.

 
 
*FAO. State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016: Contributing to Food security and nutrition for all. 200 (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 2016).
 
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Simultaneously,

Transparency is NEEDED

Intermediaries blur the source of products and value volume over quality seafood. 

Data collected on behalf of regulatory entities on seafood catch is commonly inadequate and insufficient.

 
 
 

Fish fraud

makes up more than

30%

of the total amount sold in retail and restaurants. **

2011 Ocean, Bait and Switch: How seafood fraud hurts our oceans, our wallets and our health.
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There are over

30 million

small scale artisanal fisheries

Over 35 million people make a living directly from fisheries or aquaculture. And, there are over 90% of people employed globally in capture fisheries are classified as small-scale.

 
 
 

97%

of small-scale fishers

where their income generating activities are critical in alleviating poverty and providing a dietary source of protein*.

Technology can also improve fisheries’ income while protecting their coasts.

Access to mobile technology and local markets can give fishers a strategic commercial advantage. With the right source verification tools and adequate market access, fishers can capture this market and the premiums that come with it.

 
 
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