Creating a splash: small-scale fisheries research as a catalyst for change

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Gill nets in Adara, Timor-Leste.

In many instances, research focused on small-scale fisheries is trying to improve human wellbeing, nutrition, and the way we manage our natural resources. But how does “doing research” lead to such real-world change? This was a topic of discussion at the recent Symposium on Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries hosted by WorldFish at its headquarters in Penang, Malaysia.

A fisher’s wise words: ‘If we protect the fish, we are protecting ourselves’

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Pengly, a small-scale fisher from Khe village in northern Cambodia.
Pengly, a small-scale fisher from Khe village in northern Cambodia.

Cambodia’s fisheries—some of the most diverse and expansive freshwater fisheries in the world—are under pressure from both population growth and rising demand for fish. As the need to protect these vital fisheries grows stronger, I meet one small-scale fisher who’s working to conserve fish stocks and combat illegal fishing in his rural village.