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Securing Marine Tenure in Small-scale Fisheries

USAID carries out research on land and marine tenure to support programs on fisheries and coastal management.

Small-scale fishers play a significant role in the global fisheries sector. They represent about 90 percent of the world’s nearly 51 million capture fishers, of whom about half are women. Small-scale fishers produce half of all global fish catch and supply two-thirds of the fish consumed by people. With secure rights over a given fishery, fishing ground, or territory, small-scale fishers and coastal communities have a strong interest in organizing and acting collectively to manage their resources sustainably, resulting in multiple development benefits.

Since 2014, USAID has carried out research on land and marine tenure to support programs on fisheries and coastal management. This has resulted in a sourcebook—an in-depth compendium of knowledge on marine tenure in small-scale fisheries—as well as a primer, which provides guidance for USAID staff and partners on the integration of responsible governance of marine tenure into marine and coastal programming. Both outputs have been field tested through partnerships with three USAID missions in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines to enhance their relevance in the field.

Securing Marine Tenure in Small-scale Fisheries
Image credit: Paul Thompson
Timeframe: Oct. 01, 2013 - Sep. 30, 2018
Project Status: Ongoing
Contact: Stephen Brooks
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Thematic Focus: Governance and Management
Geographic Areas: Global
Activity Type: Project
 
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