Small-scale fisheries (SSF) make important but undervalued contributions to the; ; economies of some of the world’s poorest countries. They also provide much of the; ; animal protein needed by societies in which food security remains a pressing issue.; ; Assessment and management of these fisheries is usually inadequate or absent and; ; they continue to fall short of their potential as engines for development and social; ; change. In this study, we bring together existing theory and methods to suggest a; ; general scheme for diagnosing and managing SSF. This approach can be adapted to; ; accommodate the diversity of these fisheries in the developing world. Many threats; ; and solutions to the problems that beset SSF come from outside the domain of the; ; fishery. Significant improvements in prospects for fisheries will require major changes; ; in societal priorities and values, with consequent improvements in policy and; ; governance. Changes in development policy and science reflect these imperatives but; ; there remains a need for intra-sectoral management that builds resilience and; ; reduces vulnerability to those forces beyond the influence of small-scale fishers.
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