Sustainable Fisheries

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Worldwide, small-scale coastal fisheries contribute significantly to providing food, employment, and incomes to many very poor people. But these same fisheries, and the ecosystems upon which they rely, are under increasing threat from a combination of climate change, pollution, over-fishing, and the exploitation of resources.

Fisheries management has been a major component in trying to address some of these issues, but with limited global success. The potential of fisheries, if managed well, is considerable but what form that potential will take will depend on how and why fisheries are managed.

This collection of reports and presentations explores just this question, describing some of the challenges faced by small-scale fisheries worldwide and their efforts to address these challenges and improve the health and well-being of the people who are dependent on these threatened environments.

The collection brings together the "grey literature" of the field, valuable work that is not readily available through academic journals and databases but is instead spread across dozens of organizational websites. This set of reports was initially identified as part of a synthesis review of key lessons commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation's Program on Oceans and Fisheries. We are pleased to make it more easily available for others to use and build on and encourage researchers and practitioners to add relevant work to the collection.

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Fish -- More Than Just Another Commodity

January 1, 2013

This brief highlights the contribution of wild capture fisheries to nutritional security in fish dependent developing countries. It is intended to stimulate debate around two broad themes: (1) when should the focus of fisheries policies be on local food security and human well-being as opposed to revenue generation, and (2) how does the current research agenda, with its emphasis on environmental and economic issues, assist or impair decision making processes.

Raising the Sunken Billions: A New Model to Finance Fisheries Reform

January 1, 2012

The Fisheries Policy Brief supports the following key messsages.Improving the governance and management of fisheries exploitation is the principal means of securing the contribution wild capture fisheries to food security.The fisheries policies of tomorrow need to include not only data on environmental issues and fisheries resources, but also be complemented with research data on the patterns and dynamics of fish trade, value chains and end user consumption.To distribute the benefits of fishing more equitably, the responsibility for management and decision making should be devolved to the level where the incentives for fisheries to meet the widest community objectives are highest.For fisheries reform and policy implementation to be successful, primacy should be given to honest inclusive stakeholder dialogue.As fisheries do not exist in isolation, multi-sectoral perspectives and approaches need to be developed and supported.