Fish trade and consumption in Bolivia

Photo credit: Andres Loayza Apaza (Bolivia)

Review: Andres Loayza Apaza and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

The inserted picture shows fish display in a fish market in Bolivia. The fish species shown is ”pacu” which is a popular fish for Bolivian consumers. This market is located in the town of Santa Cruz, eastern Bolivia. Fish displayed in the market comes from capture fishery and from aquaculture.

Most of fresh fish whether caught or produced is for human consumption leaving a very small quantity which could be dried for human consumption also while much smaller portion is destined and used in animal feed.

Fish markets in Bolivia are also supplied by imports of fishery products (fresh fish, frozen fish, dry, salted or smoked fish, crustaceans, and molluscs).

Fish consumption in Bolivia being about 1.8 kg/capita/year is considered one of the lowest rates of fish consumption in the world. Realizing the importance of fish in the Bolivian diet an ambitious Agricultural Sector Plan (2014-2018) has proposed an increase in fish consumption from 1.8 to 5.2 kg/person/year by 2018.



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