Attendees at the conference organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Agriculture Ministry. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Agriculture Ministry laid out a five-year plan to boost Lebanon's fisheries and aquaculture.The fisheries sector employs approximately 6,500 individuals, both men and women, whose income supports about 100,000 people.The demand for fish is quite low: only 6 kilograms consumed per person annually, compared with the global average of 20 kilograms. Despite the low demand, the fishing sector in Lebanon is still unable to meet it. Seventy-five percent of fish consumed in Lebanon is imported, and the local market loses about $30 million a year as a result. Ferri suggested that highlighting fish native to Lebanese waters might strengthen sales. The unstable political climate in Lebanon has impacted all industrial sectors, and fisheries are not immune.
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