The book editors (pictured from left): Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee (Professor Memorial University of Newfoundland and Director of the `Too Big to Ignore - Global Partnership for Small-scale Fisheries Research´ project), Dr. Svein Jentoft (Professor Norwegian College of Fishery Science - UiT The Arctic University of Norway), Dr. Maria Jose Barragán-Paladines (ZMT) and Ms. Nicole Franz (Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO Rome).

30.6.17 | In 2014, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) adopted voluntary guidelines to secure sustainable small-scale fisheries – the so-called SSF Guidelines.

These guidelines, which were developed in the context of food security and poverty eradiation, are considered one of the most significant landmarks for small-scale fisheries around the world.However, implementing the SSF Guidelines at local, national, or regional levels, remains a challenging venture.

ZMT scientist Dr. Maria Jose Barragán-Paladines and her co-editors have taken a closer look at the implementation of SFF Guidelines worldwide and just published a book on the topic.

The authors discuss the extent to which the SFF Guidelines can help improve the realities of small-scale fishing men and women globally and make their livelihoods and communities more secure.

The portrayed examples not only show the successful implementation cases but also illustrate where and why such undertakings have failed.

The authors also state critical aspects to be taken into account, in order to fully address the aimed sustainability for small-scale fisheries.

“The contribution of this volume is significant to sustainable small-scale fisheries, not only as a sound science and highly interdisciplinary scholarly publication, but also as an strategic means to bridge the rhetoric and get into the practice of SSF sustainability, in both, the North and the South”, says Dr. Barragán-Paladines.

The editors officially launched their book at the MARE Conference 2017 (People and The Sea IX: Dealing with Maritime Mobilities) in Amsterdam from July 5 to 7.

The presentation took place on the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland Campus, during the special sessions organized around this volume.

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