Sustainable fishing

Maintaining healthy fished populations is critical to maintaining ecosystems and ensuring goods and services can be provided in the future. Fisheries management aims to maintain sustainable fishing levels using a range of management measures, such as catch and size limits, seasonal closures and gear restrictions. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism is an inter-governmental organization that represents most Caribbean nations and promotes sustainable fisheries in the region.

Sustainable fishing is a common concept in the modern world of fisheries management, and there are many useful resources that provide information on the status and trends of fisheries globally and by region, as well as overviews of sustainable fishing issues and practices. Online guidance and tools are less abundant, but the links below include useful resources to support efforts to implement sustainable fisheries management in complex socio-political environments.


Key Publications

Rebuilding Global Fisheries. Science, Vol. 325, No. 5940: 578-585. DOI: 10.1126/science.1173146. (2009) Worm B, Hilborn R, Baum JK, Branch TA, Collie JS, Costello C, Fogarty MJ, Fulton EA, Hutchings JA, Jennings S, Jensen OP, Lotze HK, Mace PM, McClanahan TR, Minto C, Palumbi SR, Parma AM, Ricard D, Rosenberg AA, Watson R and Zeller D 

Towards sustainability in world fisheries. Nature, 418: 689-695. doi:10.1038/nature01017. (2002) Pauly D, Christensen V, Guénette S, Pitcher TJ, Sumaila UR, Walters CJ, Watson R and Zeller D