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Including small-scale fisheries in national and regional development policies

Small-scale fisheries, Bangladesh
 
While small-scale fisheries are the primary source of food and income for hundreds of millions of poor people in rural areas around the world, policy and management often work against the full realization of the benefits. This failure is true almost universally in developing countries. Research can help by providing the information that demonstrates how small-scale fisheries increase food security, generate livelihoods and deliver economic returns. Better methods of valuation aid analysis of trade-offs in different development options. WorldFish project outputs include:
 
Information and tools to improve representation of small-scale fisheries in national and regional policies
  • studies of regional fish trade in targeted areas identify ways poor people can increase market access and income
  • valuation methods for inland small-scale fisheries
  • reviews of fisheries policies to identify needed changes
  • analyses of how river-based fisheries contribute to rural and urban livelihoods
  • analyses of how improved marketing and fish processing affects income and livelihoods
Information and tools on the relation of fish and water productivity to food security and economic development
  • studies of water productivity in relation to river and floodplain fisheries
  • analyses of social, economic and ecological trade-offs in water and wetlands use at local and basin scales
  • participatory decision-making tools that integrate water, agriculture and fisheries issues
  • assessment tools for ecosystem-wide valuation of fishery goods and services
  • tools for determining water requirements of river fisheries