Best Practices

Find case studies, tools that you can use, databases, and more… All have been used successfully by people in the field. In our experience, many of the best practices are never documented on paper.  Please share your experiences and practices with others!

3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress

22 -26 October 2018 in Chaing Mai, Thailand
See the conference website for details.

Rapid Assessment Tool, Fishing Gear Impact, Coastal Fishing Communities

Quick Assessment Fishing Gear Impact

Too Big to Ignore

Subject: Rapid Assessment Tool for Small-scale Fisheries Gear Impact

Category: tools

Country: World

Description:

Practical guide to making a quick assessment of the impacts of different types of small-scale fishing on the local environment. Field-tested and adaptable to most coastal fishing communities.

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Designing Local Managed Areas, LMAs, Coral Triangle Initiative

Effective Locally Managed Areas

Coral Triangle Initiative

Subject: Designing Effective Locally Managed Areas in the Coral Triangle

Category: documents

Country: Coral Triangle

Description:

This booklet is a guide to leading discussions and designing locally managed areas (LMAs) with coastal communities in the Coral Triangle. LMAs can be a tool for any or all of the following: fisheries management, biodiversity conservation, threatened species management, ecotourism development, and climate change adaptation. The booklet well-organised. It has 5 sections with coloured illustrations and matching key messages that you can chose from to adapt to your community.

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Practioner's Guide, MPA Design

Designing Effective MPA Networks

Coral Triangle Initiative

Subject: Practitioner's Guide to Designing Marine Protected Area Networks

Category: documents

Country: Coral Triangle

Description:

The guide outlines 15 principles for designing MPA networks that integrates fisheries, biodiversity, and climate change objects. Many coloured diagrams and photos to illustrate the concepts. The 5 categories covered are risk spreading (representation and replication), protecting critical areas, connectivity, threat reduction, and sustainable use.

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ISSF Database, research resource, fishing practices, fishing rights

Information System on Small-scale Fisheries

Too Big to Ignore

Subject: Information System of Research on Small-scale Fisheries

Category: databases

Country: World

Description:

Designed for people researching and working with small-scale fishing communities. A searchable map and table are available to find a variety of documented research and work completed. You may upload your research results. Free to registered users.

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Illegal fishing, satellite data, real-time tracking, map

Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch

Category: tools

Country: World

Description:

This real-time web platform tracks fishing vessels by satellite. Open to everyone, you can access their maps and the processed data sheets for free. It is an innovative use of technology that is being used in innovative ways to find and stop illegal fishing.

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Small-Scale fisheries, best practices, case studies

The Meaning of Small

Too Big to Ignore

Subject: Diverse Values of Small-Scale Fisheries

Category: ebooks

Country: World

Description:

This photo e-book shows 32 case studies with both the things in common and the differences in what small-scale fisheries mean from place to place. About 34% of these case studies originate from Asia and Oceania, followed by Latin America with 28%, and Africa, Europe, and North America with about 13% of the total number. The 48 contributors to this e-book are experts in the field of small-scale fisheries research and practice, and have an average of 10 years of experience in this topic. The 48 contributors to this e-book are experts in the field of small-scale fisheries research and practice, and have an average of 10 years of experience in this topic. Edited by Mirella Leis and Ratana Chuenpagdee.

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Communication tool, Water resistant tape measure, legal catch size, common species

Fisherman’s Tape Measure & Guide

Reef Explorer Fiji

Subject: Water-resistant tape measure for monitoring fish catch

Category: tools

Country: Fiji

Description:

This tape measure is a good example of communicating the legal catch size for the most common fish species. It uses pictures with sizes on one side, and communicates other fishing guidelines on the back side. A low-cost and useful tool for local fisherfolk.

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Reef Grazers Community Poster

Reef Explorer Fiji

Subject: Community Communications

Category: tools

Country: Fiji

Description:

Extreme algae growth on the reef was successfully reduced by prohibiting the catch of Surgeon fishes. A study was made to identify which algae grazing fish ate the specific problem algae, and the results discussed with the local fishing community. Posters were placed in key locations to inform all fisherfolk in the area.

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