Although definitions of small-scale fisheries and fisheries management vary widely, it is generally accepted that their goal is to produce for generations of humans a reasonably steady, sustainable stream of benefits from living aquatic resources. However, a glance through current fisheries literature reveals a perplexing array of perspectives and prescriptions to achieve this goal.
There are few simple solutions for the problems that fisheries science and management address anywhere in the world. This is particularly so for small-scale fisheries, which this book is primarily about.
However, fresh perspectives, methods, and approaches offer new opportunities for small-scale fisheries management. This 2001 book is about these alternatives.
[Adapted from opening chapter]