Most artisanal fisheries have a large number of small boats which creates a unique challenge in the three key areas of fishery management: 

  1. Organization – it’s difficult to gain consensus on the needs of all stakeholders
  2. Regulation – it’s harder to regulate a fleet of 10,000 independent fishing boats than it is to manage a fleet of 100 industrial fishing boats
  3. Reporting – it’s harder to collect and verify the catch data needed to model and manage a fishery when there are so many different sources 

Unless the community comes together for shared management of the local resources, tragedy of the commons is inevitable.

To properly manage small-scale fisheries we need to understand them first.

  • What is the value they provide to the community (economically and socially)?
  • What does a sustainable fishery look like in this particular region (every fishery is different)
  • What’s the economic value it can provide? 

After understanding the fishery and corresponding supply chain, stakeholders can come to a consensus on ways to monitor and manage their shared resource for long-term value for all parties.  

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