Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries

FAO Policy Series

Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries

Capture fisheries are an important income source supporting the livelihoods of over 120 million people. Small-scale fisheries produce two-thirds of all catches destined for direct human consumption and provide 90% of the employment in the sector.

Small-scale fisheries provide many benefits to local communities, including cultural aspects, employment, income and food security. However, these communities face a number of challenges, such as declining fish stocks and competition from other sectors. Guidelines on small-scale fisheries can support community sustainability by helping communities deal with broad issues, such as those relating to gender, social development, employment, disaster prevention and climate change.

Narrated by Nicole Franz, Fisheries Planning Analyst and Yvette Diei Ouadi, Fishery Industry Officer of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, this video explains the importance of supporting small-scale fishers, fish workers and their communities to ensure food security for all. They describe the FAO policy work, including key policy messages. This video forms part of a series of policy and governance videos being produced by FAO in 2016.

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