Do trawling bans work in tropical waters?

The biological effect of fishing bans in tropical waters is considered. In the Philippines, the Samar Sea was closed to trawlers in November 1976; a fishery survey was carried out to monitor possible changes in the fish stocks. In spite of the ongoing activities of a few small trawlers, the biomass of fish in the Samar Sea increased constantly during the survey period. Thus, it is concluded that the imposition of a trawling ban is a suitable tool in tropical waters to protect the vital interests of the sustenance fishery by helping heavily exploited fish stocks to recover.

Diversifying the use of tuna to improve food security and public health in Pacific Island countries and territories

The large tuna resources of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean are delivering great economic benefits to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) through sale of licences to distant water fishing nations and employment in fish processing. However, tuna needs to contribute to Pacific Island societies in another important way—by increasing local access to the fish required for good nutrition to help combat the world’s highest levels of diabetes and obesity.

Design and implementation of fishery modules in integrated household surveys in developing countries

Fish and other aquatic animals contribute to the food security of citizens of developing countries, both as a source of income and as a component of healthy diets, yet fishing is not currently captured in most integrated household surveys. This sourcebook provides essential technical guidance on the design of statistical modules and questionnaires aimed at collecting fishery data at the household level.

The contribution of coral reef fisheries to Philippine fisheries production

The importance of coral reef systems to coastal fishery resources in the Philippines has become a focal point in certain government planning and research activities. Estimates of the contribution of reefs to the total fisheries production are based on 3 factors: reef area, maximum sustainable yield and total fisheries production. A method forthe gauging of coral reef production is presented.

Community management as part of the inland capture fisheries strategy in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has had comprehensive experience of community based management for inland capture fisheries from several projects (revenue and externally funded) over the last 10 to 15 years. The lessons were extensively used for the elaboration of a strategy and a programme, which will seek to consolidate gains in and expansion of community based management linked to institutional and legal reform and a recognition and strengthening of the roles of civil society and the private sector. The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock adopted the National Fisheries Strategy in January 2006.

Collaborating for resilience: conflict, collective action, and transformation on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake

Tha authors report on outcomes and lessons learned from a 15-month initiative in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake. Employing the appreciation-influence-control (AIC) model of participatory stakeholder engagement, the initiative built shared understanding of the sources of vulnerability in fisheries livelihoods and catalyzed collective action to support resilience in this valuable and productive social-ecological system.

Catalyzing collective action to address natural resource conflict: lessons from Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake

This paper reports on outcomes and lessons learned from a 15-month initiative aimed at strengthening collective action to address natural resource conflict in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake. Employing the Appreciation-Influence-Control (AIC) model of participatory stakeholder engagement, the initiative aimed in particular to build collective understanding of the sources of vulnerability in fisheries livelihoods and to catalyze efforts to support resilience in this valuable and productive socialecological system.

Building resilient community fisheries in Cambodia

By bringing together diverse stakeholders in a collaborative process, a WorldFish initiative has strengthened the collective capacity of an emerging grassroots network of fishing communities to: identify and articulate threats; negotiate with authorities to represent the common interests of fishing communities; and collaborate with the Government and private actors to resolve resource conflicts in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake.

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