Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries

Global Reflections

  • Svein Jentoft
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee

Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Governance and Governability – Introducing the Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Svein Jentoft
      Pages 3-16
    3. Svein Jentoft, Ratana Chuenpagdee
      Pages 17-35
  3. Small-Scale Fisheries Diversity – Identifying Governability Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-38
    2. James Prescott, James Riwu, Dirk J. Steenbergen, Natasha Stacey
      Pages 61-84
    3. Katia Frangoudes, Clément Garineaud
      Pages 101-115
    4. Cristina Pita, João Pereira, Silvia Lourenço, Carlos Sonderblohm, Graham J. Pierce
      Pages 117-132
  4. Governing System Complexity – Aligning Modes

  5. Rights and Justice Concerns – Securing Access

  6. Marine Protected Areas – Securing Space

  7. Cross-Boundary Governance – Fostering Interactions

  8. Governance in Transition – Reforming Institutions

  9. Meta-governance – Realizing the Possibility

  10. Governability Challenges – Urging Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 725-725
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 749-775

About this book


Drawing on more than 30 case studies from around the world, this book offers a multitude of examples for improving the governance of small-scale fisheries. Contributors from some 36 countries argue that reform, transformation and innovation are vital to achieving sustainable small-scale fisheries - especially for mitigating the threats and vulnerabilities of global change. For this to happen, governing systems must be context-specific and the governability of small-scale fisheries properly assessed. The volume corresponds well with the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in 2014, spearheaded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). These affirm the importance of small-scale fisheries for food security, nutrition, livelihoods, rural development and poverty reduction. The book arises from the project Too Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research (TBTI).

"A nuanced, diverse, vibrant and local-specific collection of essays – just as the small-scale fisheries around the world - dealt with by this versatile array of authors. Following on the heels of the recently adopted FAO Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines, here is an erudite compendium which I heartily recommend to policy makers, academics and activists who wish to come to terms with the complex issue of governance of this important field of human activity."

John Kurien - Founding Member of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), and Former Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India

"Likely to become a classic in its field, this book is about small-scale fisheries and interactive governance – governance which is negotiated, deliberated upon, and communicated among stakeholders who often share governing responsibilities. The authors show that interactive governance is not just a normative theory but a phenomenon that can be studied empirically, here with 34 case studies from as many countries around the world, north and south, east and west. Such "force of example" enables the editors to put together well-developed arguments and sometimes surprising conclusions about the way ahead. A must-read for managers, practitioners, stakeholders, and students!"

Fikret Berkes - University of Manitoba, Canada, and author of Coasts for People


Co-governance Global case studies Governability assessment Interactive governance Small-scale fisheries Transdisciplinary research

Editors and affiliations

  • Svein Jentoft
    • 1
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
    • 2
  1. 1.Norwegian College of Fishery ScienceUIT – The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Department of GeographyMemorial UniversitySt. John'sCanada

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