Eva Coronado is a PhD student at the Research Center and Advance Studios of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV), Campus Merida in Mexico, where she studies under the supervision of Dr. Silvia Salas and Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee. She is currently enrolled at Memorial University of Newfoundland as a visiting graduate student with TBTI. Her doctoral study focuses on evaluating the small-scale fisheries in Yucatan Peninsula based on integral approach and considering three components: a regional typology (considering fleet characteristics), target species, and social organization.
Q1: What are you currently working on within the context of SSF?
In my thesis research we are evaluating the small-scale fisheries in Yucatan Peninsula. This research is based on an integral approach, searching for a typology in the region considering species, fishing groups, key actors, value chain and institutional arrangements in order to evaluate the management implications. Partial results from this work will be the integration of a large data base with biologic and socioeconomic information.
Q2: If you could single out one or two most significant factors in securing the sustainability of SSF, what would these be?
In order to achieve the sustainability of SSF, the role of the official dependencies is important. It is necessary to truly integrate official information and this data needs to be accessible to the general public, including research centers, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in management. Many times in developing countries information about human resources, fishing effort and infrastructure available in the communities are recollected by different dependencies on separated time and geographical scale. Communication among institutions and collaboration is vital for developing any management plan, and increases the knowledge of necessities in each fishing community.