Fishing incurs costs from many different aspects the vessel itself, fuel, fishing equipment, crew, licences, and so forth. Making sure every bit of a catch counts as income is essential especially where fishers are running on tight margins.
Whilst some may focus on improving catch efficiency, losses can occur throughout the supply-chain. These ‘post-harvest losses’ are most prevalent in small-scale fisheries, in less wealthy regions of the World. Post-harvest losses aren’t just an economic concern, but also one from the perspective of food security.
On the boat
Post-harvest losses first appear when fishers haul in their catch. Nets or pots left in the water too long may bring up fish that have long since died, reducing their quality, or have been partly/completely eaten by other predators...
This article was written for (and can be read in full on) The Fish Site.