One man’s trash: Marine litter affecting ocean life, resilience of small-scale fisheries

Kate Bevitt -

A fisherman in Atauro, Timor-Leste.
A fisherman carries his net along the shore in Atauro, Timor-Leste. Photo by Holly Holmes, 2013.

Marine litter is a problem caused globally, but it is being most felt by coastal communities in developing countries, like Adara in Timor-Leste. Finding sustainable solutions to marine litter is the focus of World Oceans Day today, of which research to build the recognition and resilience of small-scale fisheries and fishers plays a critical part.

Transforming lives: Market-led aquaculture in Africa

Kate Bevitt -

Farmer checks fry in Egypt.
Farmer checks the condition of fry before releasing, Egypt. Photo by Heba El Begawi, 2013.

Market-led aquaculture is changing the lives of small-scale farmers in Nigeria and Kenya, highlighting the huge potential for aquaculture to drive rural development across Africa. That’s the message of a recently released report by the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development. The report states that research by the WorldFish-led CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) and others will be a key factor in realizing this potential.

Let them eat carp: Farmed fish is helping to fight hunger

Ben Belton -

Workers netting pangasius fingerlings for sale in Bangladesh. Photo by Habibul Haque.

Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people, mostly through export. This boom has led scholars to question whether aquaculture contributes to the food security of poorer people in producing countries.