September 30, 2019

Local Communities Play Outsized but Overlooked Role in Global Fisheries

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Small-scale fisheries are central to solving many problems in the oceans, such as overfishing or loss of natural habitats, as well as on land by addressing poverty and hunger in places where jobs and quality nutrition are limited, write John Virdin, director of the Ocean Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Xavier Basurto, associate professor of sustainability science, at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.

Despite their importance to societies around the world, small-scale fisheries are often marginalized from power and decision-making processes, Virdin and Basurto write in The Conversation. In the commentary, the two discuss their work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and WorldFish to better illuminate these "hidden harvests."