The terms fisheries and aquaculture are mostly associated with large-scale commercial operations and industry. This, however, leaves coastal communities that depend on the ocean and its resources for their livelihoods, mostly neglected. A key global priority over the next decade(s) is to support the viability and sustainability of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture (SSFA) to ensure that the unique needs of SSFA are realized by governments, industry and funding agencies.
Dr. Louw Claassens, Science officer and researcher at Palau International Coral Reef Center, introduces one of the six Our Ocean panels: Advancing Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. This session will highlight small-scale fishers and farmers from across the globe by placing a spotlight on actions needed for sustainable, equitable, profitable and resilient SSFA.
You can find more information about the Our Ocean six Areas of Action here.