Global changes in small-scale small pelagic fisheries
Despite the usually low commercial value, small pelagic fisheries are considered among the most important fisheries in many countries, especially in developing coastal communities. Significant progress has been made in describing and understanding the primary aspects of observed large-scale changes in small pelagic fish production but little is known about how these global changes, including environmental, climate, markets and regulations, affect small-scale small pelagic fisheries and small-scale fishing communities who depend on them.
Considering the importance of pelagic fisheries to small-scale fishing communities, both culturally and as a reliable source of food, the “Global Change Response” cluster of TBTI is launching an effort to enhance understanding about small-scale small pelagic fisheries and their susceptibility to global changes, by learning as much as possible about different types of changes, effects, and responses.
We are inviting case studies about small-scale small pelagic fisheries anywhere in the world affected by any type of change, local or large-scale, climate-related or others. Case study contributors are encouraged to use the I-ADApT template, developed by IMBER Human Dimension Working Group. By applying the same framework to multiple case studies, typology of responses can be developed, based on fisheries characteristics and type of stressors. Such a typology can be very useful to help fishing communities and fisheries managers prepare for change.
The findings will be published in a synthesis paper & journal special issue publication. Possible journals for the special issue are Global Environmental Change, Progress in Oceanography, and ICES.