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Fisheries Tenure

In the fisheries sector, ineffective governance of tenure constitutes a major obstacle to a sustainable and efficient use of natural resources and, hence, can jeopardize livelihoods, food security and nutrition. While access to fishery resources is a key consideration, it is important to understand that fishing communities also depend on access to other resources, in particular land, for accessory activities and for housing and other livelihood support. There is a long history of customary and traditional tenure systems in fishing communities. More formally recognized tenure rights have been implemented around the world for the last 50 years or so.


FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Papers
The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper series deals with the work of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. It includes the review of pertinent information on particular topics, to meet the request for assistance, for presentation to technical and scientific meetings and more.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Reports
The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Reports present proceedings of workshops and meetings held by the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. The publications generally include research papers and presentations accompanying such meetings.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circulars
This series provides in depth insight into the findings following FAO's project work in the field of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Other publications on fisheries and aquaculture tenure
Tenure issues are also addressed in a number of other fisheries and aquaculture publications that are not part of the series highlighted above.