Swordfish market analysis report Barbados



This report was produced by UNCTAD under the Oceans Economy and Trade Strategy (OETS) project, funded by the United Nations Development Account and implemented by UNCTAD in cooperation with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations.


This report documents the outcomes of the investigation of the market potential both local and export for swordfish (Xiphias gladius).

The document begins with a summary of the UNCTAD-DOALOS OETS project, its overall objective and related project activities.

A brief overview of the longline fishery including a historic development timeline is also presented to provide context and outline major milestones over a 70-year period.

Following the introduction, the multi-method approach employed in the study and key findings are outlined.

The discussion section outlines barriers that have hindered development of swordfish markets in the past and enablers that can be promoted as interventions for changing practices.

Recommendations for future development of swordfish local and export markets including innovative ideas for marketing swordfish are also presented.

Literature cited and other resources are included in the penultimate section of this document.

Appendices including interview questions, fuel receipts and examples of marketing initiatives close the report.