Importance of small-scale fisheries
Small-scale fisheries make an important contribution to nutrition, food security, sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation – especially in developing countries. Despite this significant contribution, the issues constraining the sustainable development of small-scale fisheries remain poorly understood.
FAO has recently developed a vision for small-scale fisheries where:
The vision also recognizes that those dependent on the small-scale fisheries sector should be empowered to participate in decision-making with dignity and respect through integrated management of the social, economic and ecological systems underpinning the sector.
To achieve this vision, a range of key issues must be addressed, supported by timely and accurate information on which to base decisions and action.
These issues are grouped around five major themes: