The Small-Scale Fisheries strategies focus on three countries: Chile, Brazil and the Philippines
The term “small-scale fishery” typically refers to any fishery in which fishers operate independent of larger corporations, using vessels ranging up to 18 m in length. In developing countries, small-scale fishers, sometimes called “artisanal fishers”, generally fish within 5-10 km of shore and rarely stay out at sea for more than one to three days at a time. The FAO estimates that 50% of landings are generated by small-scale fishers and that 90% of the total 30 million estimated fishers globally are small-scale.
Despite their vital role in the global seafood industry, small-scale fishers remain impoverished essentially the world over because they lack the capital, infrastructure, and/or know-how necessary to commercialize their products. This economic distress, when combined with the multitude of environmental challenges these fishers face, including overfishing, habitat destruction, ocean acidification, and even impacts from land-based activities – creates even greater vulnerability.
The small-scale fisheries Investment Blueprints focus on implementing management improvements across a portfolio of community-based, nearshore fisheries, which, in aggregate, enable production at sufficient scale to support the sourcing needs of a mission-aligned small to medium sized processing and distribution company. In addition to funding the design and implementation of tailored fishery management improvements, investments would upgrade supply chain infrastructure and operations, in an effort to maximize catch value per unit volume. In doing so, the strategies seek to differentiate and improve small-scale fishery products that are currently sold as low-value commodities. The resulting economic benefits could in turn be shared with fishers to reward compliance with sustainable fishing practices.