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

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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

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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.