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Small-Scale Fisheries in Europe: Status, Resilience and Governance

  • José J. Pascual-Fernández
  • Cristina Pita
  • Maarten Bavinck

Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. José J. Pascual-Fernández, Cristina Pita, Maarten Bavinck
    Pages 1-22
  3. Evangelos Tzanatos, Michalis Georgiadis, Panagiota Peristeraki
    Pages 125-150
  4. Alenka Janko Spreizer, Nataša Rogelja Caf
    Pages 171-189
  5. Saša Raicevich, Fabio Grati, Otello Giovanardi, Paolo Sartor, Mario Sbrana, Roberto Silvestri et al.
    Pages 191-211
  6. Adriana Vella, Noel Vella
    Pages 213-229
  7. Katia Frangoudes, Manuel Bellanger, Olivier Curtil, Olivier Guyader
    Pages 231-252
  8. José J. Pascual-Fernández, David Florido-del-Corral, Raquel De la Cruz-Modino, Sebastián Villasante
    Pages 253-281
  9. Mike Fitzpatrick, Ruth Brennan, Emmet Jackson
    Pages 307-327
  10. Catherine Chambers, Níels Einarsson, Anna Karlsdóttir
    Pages 329-349
  11. David Symes, Emma Cardwell, Jeremy Phillipson
    Pages 351-368
  12. Katrien Verlé, Klaas Sys, Ellen Pecceu, Thomas Verleye, Frankwin van Winsen, Ann-Katrien Lescrauwaet
    Pages 369-394
  13. Marloes Kraan, Fenna Hoefsloot
    Pages 395-415

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive account of the status and dynamics of people participating in the small-scale fisheries (SSF) of Europe. It covers the situation of SSF in 25 coastal countries, thereby providing a portrait of almost every coastal country on the continent and analyzing the recent evolution of the sector. Small-scale fisheries are argued to be extremely important in Europe, as they provide employment and welfare, while increasing food sovereignty and maintaining communities in coastal areas. The recent worldwide focus on SSF derives from their environmental sustainability, which distinguishes many of their activities from those of large-scale fisheries. This book analyses the diversity of SSF and shows how fishing communities have sometimes developed successful governing models, demonstrating social and economic resilience. While the book emphasizes the strengths of SSF and the synergies that occur with other marine sectors, it also presents cases of failure, in which collective action and policy have actually contributed to a weakening of the sector. In this context, the book shows how governmental policies toward SSF vary considerably from country to country, in a way that is not entirely consistent with European policies


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Editors and affiliations

  • José J. Pascual-Fernández
    • 1
  • Cristina Pita
    • 2
  • Maarten Bavinck
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto Universitario de Investigación Social y Turismo (ISTUR), Departamento de Sociología y AntropologíaUniversidad de La LagunaLa Laguna, Tenerife, Canary IslandsSpain
  2. 2.Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Environment and Planning (DAO)University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Norwegian College of Fisheries, UiT The Arctic University of Norway Tromsø, NorwayDepartment of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

José J. Pascual-Fernández is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain). His research has been related to fisheries and coastal zones, focusing on governance, gender, marine protected areas, coastal tourism, recreational marine activities, fisher organizations, and fisheries markets. In the last 10 years, he has been involved as a principal investigator at the ULL in more than 20 competitive projects or research contracts, including several involving market innovations in partnership with fisher organizations. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Social Research and Tourism (ISTUR) at ULL.

Cristina Pita, PhD in Social and Environmental Sustainability, is a Senior Researcher at Center of Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) and the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She has been engaged in several projects and has published extensively on small-scale fisheries, seafood value chain and market initiatives for small-scale fisheries, fisheries governance, coastal community development, fisheries (commercial and recreational) management and socioeconomics, and sustainable use of marine resources.

 Maarten Bavinck is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (GPIO) of the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Governance and Inclusive Development programme group. He also holds a chair in coastal resource governance at the Norwegian Fisheries College of UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Dr. Bavinck specializes in the governance of capture fisheries, particularly in the South, and is especially interested in the fate of small-scale fisher peoples. He is the founder and co-director of the social-science Centre for Maritime Studies (MARE).

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