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Africa’s small-scale fisheries are a potential multi-billion dollar employer, in addition, to playing a critical role in global food security and must be supported by greater research and investment.

African and international experts say that the time to act is now since fish accounts for more than one-fifth of the protein intake of Africa’s region south of the Sahara.

It also provides a livelihood to millions of people in the continent.

As part of the Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) 2019 and Murdoch University’s Third Commission, industry, NGO, government and academic representatives agreed that the collective value of the small scale fisheries of Africa was too big to ignore.

Africa’s fisheries and aquaculture value

In a 2014 report by the UN-FAO, value-added by the fisheries and aquaculture sector as a whole in 2011 was estimated at more than USD 24.0 billion. This was 1.26 per cent of the GDP of …