Beyond the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference: Issues and Interests of the East African Community Members: Stakeholders' Perspectives on Fisheries Subsidies..

    Beyond MC 11 Tanzania prioritises the fisheries issues. The country is endowed with marine and inland waters containing living aquatic resources important for livelihoods, food security, poverty alleviation economic development, and earning foreign exchange. Tanzania is blessed with fisheries resources from marine, freshwater, riverine and wetland species. By making use of these resources, the sector provides direct employment of about 183,800 fishers. More than 4,000,000 people such as boat builders, fish processors, net and engine repairers are indirectly employed. It provides income for local people from foreign earnings, food for coastal and upcountry communities and also contributes to GDP (2.4% in 2015). This makes the country one of the greatest fisheries nations in Africa, ranking in the top 10 in terms of total capture and fisheries production. Current information on the assessment of the fisheries management performance is scanty. The fisheries resources in Tanzania are currently exploited using the open access principle, through a licensing system and community participation in fisheries management. Fisheries management is a shared responsibility mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the mainland coastline and Ministry of Natural Resources, Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries in Zanzibar.

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