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Viability and Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries in Latin America and The Caribbean

  • Silvia Salas
  • María José Barragán-Paladines
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
  • Covers a variety of small-scale fisheries issues in different contexts, from Islands to the continent, offering a wide range of themes that are being discussed by government and non-governmental organizations

  • Case studies offer lessons learned in terms of vulnerability concerns, market dynamics, social capital and institutional and legal frameworks of SSF, which is a priority for many countries in LAC and worldwide; contributing therefore to the implementation of the SSF Guidelines in the region

  • Contributors to the book are experts and specialists from different disciplines within the Latin America and the Caribbean region who have an extensive experience working in the region


Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Silvia Salas, María José Barragán-Paladines
      Pages 3-13
    3. Mirella de Oliveira Leis, María José Barragán-Paladines, Alicia Saldaña, David Bishop, Jae Hong Jin, Vesna Kereži et al.
      Pages 15-47
  3. Issues, Challenges and Threats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Silvia Salas, Oswaldo Huchim-Lara, Citlalli Guevara-Cruz, Walter Chin
      Pages 101-123
    3. Octavio Tolentino-Arévalo, Marianna Markantoni, Alejandro Espinoza-Tenorio, Maria Azahara Mesa-Jurado
      Pages 125-147
  4. Monitoring, Management and Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Stuart Fulton, Arturo Hernández-Velasco, Alvin Suarez-Castillo, Francisco Fernández-Rivera Melo, Mario Rojo, Andrea Sáenz-Arroyo et al.
      Pages 151-175
    3. Rod Fujita, Amy Tourgee, Ramon Carcamo, Lawrence Epstein, Todd Gedamke, Gavin McDonald et al.
      Pages 177-195
    4. Priscila F. M. Lopes, Gustavo Hallwass, Alpina Begossi, Victória J. Isaac, Morgana Almeida, Renato A. M. Silvano
      Pages 219-241
  5. Socio-Economic, Markets and Livelihoods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Peter Edwards, Maria Pena, Rodrigo Pereira Medeiros, Patrick McConney
      Pages 267-293
    3. Javier Villanueva García Benítez, Alejandro Flores-Nava
      Pages 329-352

About this book


One of the main goals in fisheries governance is to promote viability and sustainability in small-scale fishing communities. This is not an easy task given external and internal pressure, including environmental change and competition with other economic sectors searching for development in the coastal region. A comprehensive understanding of small-scale fisheries in their own context, and from a regional perspective, is an important step in supporting the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines). This book contributes to the global effort by offering knowledge, insights and lessons about small-scale fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The 20 case studies included in the book make explicit the various dimensions that are intrinsic to small-scale fisheries in the region, and identify conditions and situations that affect the wellbeing of fishing communities. The book offers insights regarding the challenges faced by small-scale fisheries in the region, and, aligning with the objectives of the SSF Guidelines, provides lessons and experiences about how to make small-scale fishing communities viable while maintaining sustainable fisheries.

This important book illustrates the complexity, diversity, and dynamics of small-scale fisheries in the Latin American and Caribbean region and presents experiences, tools, and approaches to lead towards sustainable and viable fisheries. The reader will gain a new understanding on the range of actions, approaches, and information needed for their successful management.

John F. Caddy, International Fisheries Expert

This book, prepared by the Too Big To Ignore partnership, constitutes a very valuable resource for policy makers, fisheries scientists, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and fishing communities interested in putting in place sound management strategies, research, and actions to contribute to the sustainability of small-scale fisheries and food security in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Juan Carlos Seijo, Professor of Fisheries Bioeconomics at Marist University of Merida


Place-based approaches Fisheries governance Cultural ecosystems service Place identity Value-contribution matrix Sustainable fishing communities Poverty alleviation Stewardship Adaptive capacity

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvia Salas
    • 1
  • María José Barragán-Paladines
    • 2
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
    • 3
  1. 1.Marine Resources DepartmentCinvestav MéridaMéridaMexico
  2. 2.Development and Knowledge Sociology-Social Science DepartmentLeibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)BremenGermany
  3. 3.Department of GeographyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John'sCanada

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