Countries recognize vital role of small-scale fishers
10 June 2014, Rome - Today at the Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters in Rome, countries endorsed a set of wide-reaching guidelines that will boost the already vital role of small-scale fishers in contributing to global food security, nutrition and poverty eradication. Small-scale fisheries account for more than 90 percent of the world’s capture fishers and fish workers – about half of whom are women – and supply around 50 percent of all global fish catches. They provide a valuable source of animal protein for billions of people worldwide and often underpin local economies in coastal and lake- and river-side communities. But despite their importance, many small-scale fishing communities continue to be marginalized. Often located in remote areas with limited access to markets and to health, education and other social services, small-scale fishers can have difficulty in making their voices heard.
Nicole Franz is a Fishery Planning Analyst with FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture department in Rome. In the following interview she elaborates more on what these guidelines mean to the fisheries sectors in developing countries.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari