How can you build a strong governance and management system for your fishery and community? Fisheries governance systems, formal or informal, help make and enforce rules about our fisheries. Co-management and participatory decision-making help ensure that fisheries management benefits local communities. Start here to learn about secure tenure and co-management and explore other resources in the sub-categories below.


Fish Smart

This is a call to action from fishers to their colleagues in the Wider Caribbean. It shows the mesmerizing behavior of species that aggregate to spawn in the wider Caribbean, and exposes the reasons why fishing spawning fish doesn't pay off. The film is also a call for fishers to participate in the decision-making process and the search for alternative likelihoods that provide income during the fishing bans. Ultimately the message is FISH SMART, protect spawning aggregations.

Cases Concerning Indigenous People's Rights and Fisheries

The report is based on previous publications and cases compiled by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, input from the Expert Meeting organised at the margins of the 2023 Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, as well as additional desk research. It was developed and published with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through the project “Sustainable Oceans – Pursuing a human rights-based approach to fisheries and aquaculture”

Estudio de costo beneficio de escenarios de recuperación de la pesquería de mero en Yucatán

En 2020, un estudio de escenarios y proyecciones de aprovechamiento de la pesquería de mero en Yucatán reportó que las cuotas de captura podrían ser parte de las medidas de manejo aplicables para la recuperación del stock, además de explorar los posibles efectos de la selectividad de las artes de pesca y la variabilidad ambiental en el stock de mero rojo. Es por lo anterior que el objetivo del presente estudio es evaluar los efectos en la población y los costos asociados en el corto y mediano plazo del establecimiento de una cuota de captura, así como la modificación de las tallas de captura a través de un incremento en el tamaño del anzuelo utilizado para su captura, bajo condiciones ambientales promedio y bajo dos escenarios de cambio climático.

Resultados de la implementación de un piloto de inversión de impacto para incrementar el valor de la pesquería de merluza del norte del golfo de California.

El presente texto es el reporte de resultados del proyecto “Propuesta para implementación de un piloto de inversión de impacto para incrementar el valor de la pesquería de merluza del norte del golfo de California” (Anexo 1) que entregamos en noviembre de 2021. El objetivo del piloto fue demostrar que modificando el manejo post-captura se puede incrementar la calidad del producto y con ello es posible obtener mejores márgenes de utilidad para todos los integrantes de la cadena de valor (i.e., producción, transformación y comercialización).

Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) Report

The IHH study was carried out in support of the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines), themselves developed in recognition of the plight of small-scale fishers, fishworkers and associated communities and released as a contribution to the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022. The purpose of this report is to contribute to a more holistic understanding of what small-scale fisheries are, their importance, and why they are essential to efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Course: Governance in small-scale fisheries

This course aims to contribute towards creating an enabling environment for implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, by strengthening the capacity of government officials and fisheries practitioners at local, national and regional levels, and promoting the development of good governance frameworks.