Fish and its derived products are amongst the most transitioned goods in the world.
Consumers are progressively more informed and exigent, and this is reflected in the fishing industry, as it becomes more complex and dynamic, highly segmented and diversified, to satisfy these high standards. The value chain is complex, and poor traceability of fish leads to bad decision making on the consumers end, due to absence of information, mostly about the origin of these products.
Anadromous fishing in Portugal is mostly done in small scale fisheries, with little relevance on a national level, but with massive local impact. Small scale fisheries are very important in supplying the local markets with fresh fish, therefore generating local income, and the value chain is relatively small, as few entities are involved in its distribution (fishermen, intermediary/market and consumer). As such, it contributes to a higher food security, as the origin of the product is known, and the fish is fresh.