Social Protection for Fisheries and Aquaculture (SocPro4Fish)


This plan addresses the safety of vessels and equipment, underscoring the importance of standard designs and construction plans for fishing vessels. It advocates for vessel registration and licensing; inspection of vessel yards to ensure adherence to safety standards; adoption of international codes and guidelines for fishing vessel safety; provision of decent working conditions and social protection to fishers; formalizing labour contracts; and enhancing search and rescue capabilities.


This brochure provides a comprehensive overview of social protection, introduces the SocPro4Fish project, outlines its objectives, and highlights the achieved results in the context of Colombia's fisheries and aquaculture sector.


Divers from the WECAFC region come in all profiles, nationalities, and ages. In Honduras and Nicaragua, most of an estimated total of 9,000 divers are Miskitos, an Indigenous People living along the eastern coast of the two countries. In large part, divers are male with ages ranging from 15 to 60. All face occupational health and safety issues and vulnerabilities due to their work.


Meet Abdessalem, Taher, and Marbouka, fishers from Tunisia. Through their voices, discover their work, challenges, and the obstacles they face in accessing social protection. Find out more about FAO's social protection initiative for the fisheries and aquaculture sector (socPro4Fish) in Tunisia.


This video is part of the “Social Protection in Rural Areas: building responsive systems in the context of Covid-19” series at the FAO e-learning academy. This session gives us an introduction to social protection in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.


This course is intended to strengthen awareness, motivation, understanding and capacity among regional and national partners (IGOs, governments, NGOs, sectoral organizations) to implement climate and poverty reduction actions, with specific consideration of the fisheries sector, and in a more integrated, cohesive way, delivering co-benefits to the achievement of the Paris Agreement Targets and SDGs.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, and its partners including the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, NORAD, are supporting the Platoneras to strengthen their livelihoods and improve their access to social protection schemes - all the while boosting the community's food security.


The UN General Assembly has declared 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) to enhance global awareness and promote collaboration around the theme. To provide guidance for related initiatives, the IYAFA Action Plan was structured around seven pillars, including social and environmental sustainability. Social protection can provide valuable contributions to all of them.


This FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper is aimed primarily at policymakers, development partners, civil society organizations and practitioners managing the design and implementation of fisheries policies and social protection interventions and providing technical and/or financial support to both sectors.


For the first time since the benefit was introduced 30 years ago, a study conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), evaluated the socioeconomic impacts of this social protection programme on small-scale fishers and their families.


Seguro Desemplego do Pescador Artesanal, or insurance-defeso, is a program related to one of the management measures for fishing in Brazil, the Defeso, which seeks to guarantee the conservation of exploited stocks and the sustainability of fishing by restricting the permitted fishing period for certain species. The Safe-Netting is a benefit intended for artisanal fishermen, in the amount of one minimum wage, during the months of the closed fishing season.


The Technical Paper provides a method for mapping and understanding the state of coherence between fisheries policies and social protection within a given context, and aims to assist countries in the development of coherent interventions. It also offers a methodology for conducting the assessment and guidelines for implementing the methodology in the field.


The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) represent the first ever international instrument dedicated to small-scale fisheries. They represent a global consensus on principles and guidance for small-scale fisheries governance and development.


This action sheet is part of a series of action sheets developed under the seven key priority areas of the FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery programme, the FAO umbrella programme designed to proactively and sustainably address the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic.


The aim of this document is to make policy-relevant suggestions related to the following questions: 1) How can vulnerable fisher-farmers' access to social protection be enhanced; and 2) What potential exists for social protection and fishery-related policies, institutions, mechanisms and programs to mutually reinforce poverty reduction and incentivize conservation and sustainable use of fisheries and related natural resources.


FAO Social Protection Framework presents the Organization’s vision and approach to social protection. FAO recognizes the critical role social protection plays in furthering and accelerating progress around food security and nutrition, agriculture development, rural poverty and resilience building.


In this publication, FAO presents a diagnosis of the risks and specific needs of artisanal fishers and fish-farmers in Latin America and the Caribbean, makes a compendium of the main programs and existing social protection initiatives in the region for this collective, and proposes a comprehensive agenda of public policies for strengthening the coverage and adequacy of social protection for these populations aimed at the achievement of sustainable development goals.


Food systems were severely hit by COVID-19 and the related restrictions to the movement of people and goods. In fisheries and aquaculture, the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 are manifold including changes in consumer demand, limited storage facilities, drop in fresh fish prices and stopping fishing operations.


This policy brief presents the outcomes of a study commissioned by the FAO and the GFCM on available social protection systems in five countries in the Mediterranean (Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia).


This study commissioned by the FAO and the GFCM reviewed available social protection systems in five countries in the Mediterranean (Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia). It identifies the conditions and vulnerabilities of fishers, along with best practices in the provision of social protection programs and policies, and proposes recommendations to improve the coverage and effective delivery of social protection programmes for small-scale fishers in the region.