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We have already talked about the importance of the Voluntary Guidelines to achieve the Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries in the context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication proposed by FAO in the blog “Challenges to achieve development and well-being in fisheries”. It is now time to present the first guideline: “Responsible governance of tenure and sustainable management of resources.”

But what does it mean to have responsible governance of tenure? Tenure is the right of small-scale fisherwomen and men to secure stable access to fishery resources, as well as other resources for the subsistence of fishing communities.

To achieve responsible…


Complex problems challenge solutions that address a problem from only one point of view. No organization or sector that works in isolation can solve them.

After a boat ride of just over half an hour from somewhere on the unique Baja California Sur peninsula, you will reach a small island in the Mexican North Pacific. This island, populated by a few hundred fishing families, is dedicated to small-scale fishing for various resources such as lobster, abalone, finfish and seaweed. It is a well-organized, resilient community that has managed to overcome numerous challenges thanks to its high degree of organization and…


Los problemas complejos desafían las soluciones que abordan un problema solo desde un punto de vista. Ninguna organización o sector que trabaje de forma aislada puede resolverlos.

Tras un recorrido en lancha de algo más de media hora desde algún lugar de la singular península de Baja California Sur, se llega a una pequeña isla, en el Pacífico Norte mexicano. Esta isla, poblada por unos pocos cientos de familias pescadoras, se dedica a la pesca en pequeña escala de varios recursos como la langosta roja, el abulón, la escama y algas. Es una comunidad bien organizada, resiliente, que ha logrado…


Desde sus inicios la humanidad se ha enfrentado a diversos retos sociales, económicos y ambientales. Los retos van cambiando con el tiempo, dependiendo de las necesidades presentes de cada momento. En la actualidad, la humanidad trabaja en resolver los retos para conseguir que las personas cuenten con las mismas oportunidades para su desarrollo y bienestar, tomando en cuenta las necesidades sociales (acceso a servicios básicos), económicas (erradicación de la pobreza y empleos decentes) y medioambientales (la sostenibilidad en el uso de los recursos naturales).

Uno de los impulsos para identificar como estamos y en que podemos mejorar en el desarrollo…


Humanity has always faced social, economic and environmental challenges. The challenges change over time, depending on the needs of the moment. Currently, humanity is working to solve challenges to ensure that people have the same opportunities for development and well-being, taking into account social (access to basic services), economic (eradication of poverty and decent jobs) and environmental (sustainability in the use of natural resources) needs.

One of the ways to identify how we are doing and where we can improve is the 2030 Agenda, which was approved in 2015 by the United Nations. This document is an action plan to…


How many of us have heard the phrase “information is power”? This phrase is definitely true in the fisheries sector — having cutting-edge information gives you power for decision-making and action. Information is powerful as long as we know how to use it properly. For fishers, having solid, consistent and accessible information gives them this power, making them more competitive and resilient. For this reason, the sector must have mechanisms to obtain information, analyze it, interpret it and, most importantly, get the most out of it.

Information on a day-to-day basis

Decision-making in the fisheries sector is something that fishermen…


Cuando piensas en un mercado, ¿qué te viene a la mente? ¿Un puesto? ¿Agricultores con sus productos? ¿Un vendedor gritando precios a compradores potenciales? Imagino que piensas en un lugar con mucha gente: el ajetreo y el bullicio del mercado. ¿Y cuando pensamos en un mercado digital? ¿Quizás imaginamos Amazon o MercadoLibre? Los mismos vendedores, menos ajetreo y bullicio …

El comercio electrónico global ahora vale más de $25 trillones de dólares por año y está creciendo rápidamente. Las ventas habilitadas por internet permiten a los compradores adquirir desde cualquier lugar y a los vendedores, llegar a cualquier mercado. Pero…


When you think of a marketplace, what comes to mind? A stall? Farmers with their produce? A seller shouting prices to potential buyers? I imagine you think of a place with lots of people — the hustle and bustle of the market. And when we think of a digital marketplace? Maybe we imagine Amazon or eBay? The same sellers, less hustle and bustle…

Global e-commerce is now worth over $25 trillion dollars per year and is growing rapidly. Internet-enable sales allow buyers to purchase from anywhere, and sellers to reach any market. But, the human element is missing. Just as…


It is important that fishing organizations record their daily fishing effort (for example: species caught, catch volume, income, expenses, etc.) to ensure a fair and appropriate distribution of the benefits. Well-managed small-scale fisheries, with community participation, usually have adequate records to track their fisheries, since the people engaged in fishing themselves are interested in keeping the records, participate in the evaluation processes and implement the fishing regulations. Societies, technology and needs change and fishing and fishing regulations must adapt to meet theses challenges, and, as such, management tools must adapt as well

The data and administrative control of your fishing…


“La conservación de las especies y de los ecosistemas marinos se basan en el conocimiento de los mismos”

Es importante que las comunidades pesqueras conozcan y registren su esfuerzo pesquero diario (ejemplo: especies capturadas, volumen de captura, ingresos, gastos, etc.) para asegurar una distribución justa y apropiada de los beneficios. Las pesquerías que son regidas por reglamentos comunitarios suelen contar con registros adecuados para el control de sus pesquerías, ya que a las propias personas dedicadas a la pesca les interesa llevar estos registros, participar en los procesos de evaluación e implementación de las normativas pesqueras sobre los recursos.

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