Public and private investment in fishery and aquaculture is low, and the infrastructure inadequate. There is also an urgent need to invest in modern value chain-based fish processing and marketing infrastructure. However, with a large population of some 107 million and fish production potential of some 51 000 tons, ample opportunities abound in the sector. A change in people’s eating habits in favor of Fish can significantly increase the local fish demand. Improvement in fishing techniques, technology transfer to fishers, fishery management personnel training, the attraction of financial capital to the industry, fish value chain improvement, and aquaculture can increase fish production, increased trade, and overall economic development of the country.
In 2001 the volume of fish production was 15,000 metric tons, but that figure increased to over 50,000 metric tons in the latest report. Different studies are also indicating that the local fish demand is now four times more than the current local production.
Ethiopia’s Fish is getting attention from foreign markets because it is organic and uncontaminated. Regional countries like Sudan and Kenya and others from Asia and the Middle East have the plan to import freshwater Fish from Ethiopia.