At its thirty-second session, in July 2016, the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) underlined the importance of trade in fisheries services and welcomed the work of the FAO on conducting a literature review on the subject. In September 2017, during its sixteenth session, the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI:FT) was invited to note the literature review and to make recommendations for future work on the topic. On this occasion, the Sub-Committee agreed to hold an expert consultation on trade in fisheries services that would allow a more detailed analysis, within a clear scope. This report is the result of the first Expert Consultation on Trade in Fisheries Services. The Expert Consultation was convened by FAO with the financial support of the Government of Sweden, in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 20 to 22 March 2018. The Expert Consultation was tasked to deliberate in a definition on trade in fisheries services, possible classification and methodologies for assessing its extension and impact. In addition, the Expert Consultation also suggested follow-up developments by FAO to enhance the work of the Organization.

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