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Big Questions About Sustainability and Viability in Small-Scale Fisheries

  • Ratana ChuenpagdeeEmail author
  • Silvia Salas
  • María José Barragán-Paladines
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Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 19)

Abstract

Like elsewhere around the world, small-scale fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean are highly diverse and complex, thus posing great challenges to governance. Coupled with these characteristics are the various changes that small-scale fisheries are exposed to, including climate-induced changes, environmental variability, and market fluctuation. Several tools and approaches have been used to manage small-scale fisheries in the region and lessons from their application provide a strong basis for the discussion about what needs to be done in light of these changing conditions. The focus on the viability and sustainability of small-scale fisheries, which is the topic of the book, aligns with the objectives of the international instruments such as The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries and the Sustainable Development Goals. The chapter provides the rationale for the examination of viability and sustainability in small-scale fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean and introduces the case studies covered in the book.

Keywords

Small-scale fisheries Viability Sustainability Governance SSF Guidelines Sustainable Development Goals Latin America and the Caribbean 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Both this chapter and the book itself are the product of the Too Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research (TBTI), funded through partnership grant # 895-2011-1011 by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). We also thank Eva Coronado for the literature review and acknowledge FOMIX (2014-C17-247043) for providing financial support to Silvia Salas for her travel to Canada while she was working on the book.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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