Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance

Analysis and Practice

  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
  • Svein Jentoft

Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Svein Jentoft, Ratana Chuenpagdee
      Pages 3-14
    3. Ratana Chuenpagdee
      Pages 15-31
  3. Broadening the Scope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Derek S. Johnson, Annie Lalancette, Mimi E. Lam, Marta Leite, Sölmundur K. Pálsson
      Pages 35-54
    3. Philip A. Loring, David V. Fazzino II, Melinda Agapito, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Glenna Gannon, Moenieba Isaacs
      Pages 55-73
    4. Kristen Lowitt, Charles Z. Levkoe, Andrew M. Song, Gordon M. Hickey, Connie Nelson
      Pages 75-90
  4. Strengthening the Base

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Anna Schuhbauer, Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor, U. Rashid Sumaila
      Pages 93-117
    3. Katia Frangoudes, Siri Gerrard
      Pages 119-140
    4. José J. Pascual-Fernández, Cristina Pita, Helga Josupeit, Alicia Said, João Garcia Rodrigues
      Pages 141-162
  5. Enhancing the Stewardship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Patrick McConney, Rodrigo Pereira Medeiros, José J. Pascual-Fernández, Maria Pena
      Pages 181-201
    3. Suvaluck Satumanatpan, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Wichin Suebpala, Thamasak Yeemin, Kungwan Juntarashote
      Pages 221-238
  6. Defending the Beach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Svein Jentoft, Natasha Stacey, Jackie Sunde, Miguel González
      Pages 263-282
    3. Matias John Wojciechowski, Beatriz Mesquita P. Ferreira, Daniele A. Vila-Nova, Sérgio M. Gomes de Mattos
      Pages 283-301
  7. Governing the Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Joeri Scholtens, Andrew M. Song, Johny Stephen, Catalina García Chavez, Maarten Bavinck, Merle Sowman
      Pages 321-340
    3. Shannon D. Bower, Andrew M. Song, Paul Onyango, Steven J. Cooke, Jeppe Kolding
      Pages 341-355
    4. Milena Arias-Schreiber, Sebastian Linke, Alyne E. Delaney, Svein Jentoft
      Pages 357-374
  8. Towards Transdisciplinarity in Fisheries Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Melinda Agapito, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Rodolphe Devillers, Jennifer Gee, Andrew F. Johnson, Graham J. Pierce et al.
      Pages 377-395
    3. Mbachi Ruth Msomphora, Svein Jentoft
      Pages 397-410
    4. Alicia Said, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Alfonso Aguilar-Perera, Minerva Arce-Ibarra, Tek Bahadur Gurung, Bonnie Bishop et al.
      Pages 411-431
    5. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Svein Jentoft
      Pages 433-451
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 453-479

About this book


The importance of small-scale fisheries for sustainable livelihoods and communities, food security, and poverty eradication is indisputable. With the endorsement of the ‘Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries’, FAO member states recognize that governments, civil society organizations, and research communities all have a role to play in helping small-scale fisheries achieve these goals. This book argues that policies targeting small-scale fisheries need to be based on a solid and holistic knowledge foundation, and support the building of governance capacity at local, national, and global levels. The book provides rich illustrations from around the world of why such knowledge production needs to be transdisciplinary, drawing from multiple disciplinary perspectives and the knowledge that small-scale fisheries actors have, in order to identify problems and explore innovative solutions. 

Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance: Analysis and Practice, edited by Ratana Chuenpagdee and Svein Jentoft, successfully demonstrates how small-scale fisheries are important and what social and political conditions are conducive to their wellbeing. The volume contributes tremendously to building capacity of fisheries communities and policy-makers to make the ideals of small-scale fisheries a reality. It establishes the ecological, social, and economic sense behind small-scale fisheries. A milestone reference for all those who believe in small-scale fisheries and are keen to defend them with quality evidence!

— Sebastian Mathew, Executive Director, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

The Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines guiding principles call for holistic and integrated approaches for their implementation. This book will help a new generation of scientists, policy-makers, and small-scale fisheries actors make the fundamental connections between different disciplines in science, traditional knowledge, and policy to guide a collective process towards sustainable small-scale fisheries. The book contains an inspiring collection of practical cases from around the world, complemented by deep dives into dimensions of small-scale fisheries, like food security, stewardship, climate change, and gender, which all call for transdisciplinary approaches.

— Nicole Franz, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Rome, Italy


Interactive Fisheries Governance Small-scale Fisheries Case Studies Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines Fisheries Sustainability Fisheries and Sustainable Development Goals TBTI fisheries

Editors and affiliations

  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
    • 1
  • Svein Jentoft
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Norwegian College of Fishery ScienceUiT The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway

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