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Stewardship and Sustainable Practices in Small-Scale Fisheries

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Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance

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Humans have harvested fish and other marine resources for millennia. So why be concerned today about stewardship and sustainable practices? The answers are not simple; they are changing over time, as climate changes, and perspectives vary. In this chapter, we examine the diverse facets and factors associated with stewardship and sustainable practices in small-scale fisheries, from a transdisciplinary perspective. We look at sustainability and stewardship through different lenses and examine some of the most prominent and promising initiatives applied on different scales, at multiple levels of governance, with diverse stakeholders. It is a tour that includes ecology, socioeconomics, and governance in combination rather than from one viewpoint. Critically important instruments include the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the Small-scale Fisheries Guidelines. Topics touch on fishing gear and methods; marine protected areas; livelihoods; illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; postharvest and trade; organizations ranging from fisher cooperatives to the Marine Stewardship Council; and the sustainable practices associated with each. Our approach is one of agency in keeping with the central theme of enhancing stewardship to make a difference.

The research by Jose Pascual-Fernández in this chapter was conducted under the project ‘Governance challenges for sustainable small-scale fisheries: creating synergies with marine conservation and tourism’ (GOBAMP II, CSO2013-45773-R, financed by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain. We also acknowledge support from the ‘Too Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research’.

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McConney, P., Pereira Medeiros, R., Pascual-Fernández, J.J., Pena, M. (2019). Stewardship and Sustainable Practices in Small-Scale Fisheries. In: Chuenpagdee, R., Jentoft, S. (eds) Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance. MARE Publication Series, vol 21. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94938-3_10

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