Author: María José Barragán Paladines
Arcadia*, Spring 2017, no. 3
‘Small-Scale Fisheries versus Whale-Watching Tourism: The Story of Puerto López‘ is a short overview of the systematic decline of the fishing industry in Puerto López, a fishing village on the Ecuadorian coast where fisheries can be traced back to as early as 6,000 BC. Over the past two decades, whale-watching tourism has arrived in the area and there has been a shift away from fishing in Puerto López. Issues of food sovereignty have become important, due to the lower availability of fish for local consumption as a result of the reduction in small-scale fishing.
This article centers around the notion of fish as food in Puerto López, and around the shift away from fishing and towards activities connected with whale-watching tourism.
*Arcadia is a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center and the European Society for Environmental History that publishes short, peer-reviewed environmental histories.