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Integrating assessment and advisory systems for small-scale fisheries management

Mending net, Zambia

Better information and decision-support tools are needed to guide small-scale fisheries management and governance in the face of social, economic, and environmental changes. This will allow more adaptive response to new circumstances and opportunities arising from forces such as climate change, declining fish catches, trade globalization, and the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS. New tools must include methods for analyzing the relative vulnerability of small-scale fisheries, to better target investments at the regional, national, and local scales, as well as for analyzing vulnerability within fisheries, to identify what groups are most at risk and in what ways, and what must be done to mitigate adverse effects. Projected outputs include:

Improved methods for integrated assessment of small-scale fisheries

  • indicators for assessing socio-ecological sustainability of small-scale fisheries

  • methods for quick assessment of fish consumption and potential yields

  • improved FishBase and ReefBase tools for fisheries and coral reef management

  • geospatial analysis methods for aquatic resource assessment

  • decision-making tools that clarify trade-offs in development options

  • tool to assess risks of introducing species, such as those imported for aquarium trade

  • typology of small-scale fisheries to guide institutional and ecological management interventions

  • INCOFISH database to aid management of marine invertebrates

Information and policy options to lessen vulnerabilities of communities dependent on small-scale fisheries

  • policies and guidelines for rehabilitation of tsunami-affected fisheries in Asia

  • identification of small-scale fisheries investment options in sub-Saharan Africa to reduce effects of HIV/AIDS

  • tools for managing fisheries in relation to environmental protection and climate change impacts

  • analysis of environmental and market change effects on fish production, consumption and income

  • analysis of coral bleaching effects on reef fisheries

  • economic vulnerability indices and metrics for comparative analyses of fisheries

  • local-scale analysis of how climate change and large infrastructure projects affect fisheries and nearby communities