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Understanding the importance of small-scale fisheries

Understanding the importance of small-scale fisheries

Acott, Tim (2014) Understanding the importance of small-scale fisheries. In: WSFC 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, 21-26 Sep 2014, Merida, Mexico. (Unpublished)

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The livelihoods of small-scale fishermen are under threat in many places across the world. This threat is set against a backdrop of a reported global fisheries ‘crisis’ with 73% of marine stocks reported as either fully exploited, overexploited, depleted or recovering. The focus of fisheries management has often been on the biological and economic dimensions and arguably not enough attention has been given to socio-cultural issues. Capturing the importance of small-scale fisheries from a socio-cultural perspective is not an easy task and requires a range of epistemological perspectives and methodological approaches. Using examples from the development of ‘21st Century Catch’ (a toolkit developed to help understand the importance of small-scale fisheries1) Paper presents insights into developing and using multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary perspectives for capturing the value of fisheries for the well-being of coastal communities. For such initiatives to succeed, from grassroots to strategic policy planning, attention needs to be given to epistemological considerations of acceptable evidence that in turn means addressing issues of the relationship between nature and culture. These issues are addressed with a focus on small-scale fisheries, cultural ecosystem services and sense of place.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Plenary speaker at WSFC 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress - “Options and Opportunities”, held 21-26 September 2014, Merida, Mexico.
Uncontrolled Keywords: small-scale fisheries, cultural ecosystem services, sense of place
Subjects: S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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