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Fisheries policies for a new era

There is a growing recognition that the fisheries policies of the past have been driven primarily by environmental and economic research agendas. This may have been due to the influence of the more powerful actors in the fisheries policy debate: foreign governments, conservation organizations, the scientific establishment, development bodies, and finance institutions.

Fish - more than just another commodity

This brief highlights the contribution of wild capture fisheries to nutritional security in fish dependent developing countries.

Eco-certification of farmed seafood: will it make a difference?

Eco-certification is widely considered a tool for reducing environmental impacts of aquaculture, but what are the likely environmental outcomes for the world’s fastest growing animal-food production sector?

Evaluating the effect of fishery closures: Lessons learnt from the Placie Box

To reduce discarding of plaice Pleuronectes platessa in the North Sea flatfish fisheries, the major nursery areas were closed to large trawlers in 1995. The area closed was named the ‘Plaice Box’ (PB) and beam trawl effort fell by over 90% , while the exemption fleets of small flatfish beam trawlers, gill netters targeting sole (Solea solea) and shrimp (Crangon crangon) trawlers increased their effort.

Food and nutrition security in Solomon Islands

This report is a literature review on Food and Nutrition Security in Solomon Islands, based on data from surveys conducted by Solomon Islands National Statistical Office, as well as from national and international organizations working in Solomon Islands.

The Piscivore's Dilemma

Do you try to eat a healthy diet? Are you concerned about the sustainability of fish stocks, the health of marine ecosystems, or the survival of your local fishing community? Do you worry about your carbon footprint? Would you eat fish imported from a developing country if you thought it might deprive a family there of a nutritious meal of their own?

Managing floodplain natural resources in Bangladesh and India

Bangladesh and the neighboring Indian state of West Bengal lie across the fertile delta floodplains where the Ganges River splits and then spills into the Bay of Bengal. With an estimated combined population of 250 million, the Ganges delta is one of the most populous regions of the world, and poverty in rural communities can be devastating. Managing the shared natural resources of the floodplains is vital to maintaining the area’s biodiversity, while reducing the poverty and malnutrition of those who rely on it. With potentially damaging aquaculture practices and overexploitation of fisheries resources spreading rapidly in some areas, understanding the best management practices for the floodplains, and developing policies to protect both environment and livelihoods is urgently needed.
 

A practical guide for ex-ante impact evaluation in fisheries and aquaculture

This guide provides a framework for ex-ante evaluation of fisheries and aquaculture projects in developing countries. Ex-ante impact evaluations check the potential of a project or program to deliver benefits from proposed interventions.

Case study: Building resilient community fisheries in Cambodia

Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the most productive freshwater fisheries in the world. Fish from Tonle Sap provide an essential source of protein and micronutrients, critical to the health of families in Cambodia, a country still plagued by high rates of childhood malnutrition. Managing water resources for food and income also means harnessing the full value of these fisheries for local communities.

Sustainable development of fish supplies to meet food and nutrition security needs

Presentation by Michael Phillips, Malcolm Beveridge and Stephen Hall on: fish and food and nutrition security; fish as food; fish, food and nutrition security scenarios in ASEAN.

This was presented at the meeting on “Integrating Nutrition into the ASEAN Food Security Framework and Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security in ASEAN Region”, held from the 29 January – 1 February 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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