For fisheries, measurement matters

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Small-scale fisheries, Cambodia.

Fisheries managers and policy makers have traditionally focused on measuring the health of fish stocks and managing for their sustainability. While understanding how healthy fish stocks is important, a recent paper by Jim Anderson and colleagues offer a new suite of measurements that also consider the social and economic benefits that fisheries deliver. Including these dimensions in assessments of fishery performance will be key to making the most of our fisheries.

Marine Protected Areas: Do they benefit fisheries?

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Saturday morning in Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Mary Aileen M delas Alas, 2011.

Last week, I read a compelling book by Alex Caveen and co-authors, ‘The Controversy over Marine Protected Areas: Science Meets Policy.’ The book seeks to answer whether strict Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), where all fishing is prohibited, are a better means of protecting exploited fish stocks than conventional fisheries management strategies that include quota restrictions, gear regulations, minimum landing sizes, and multiple use protected areas.

Blue growth

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Busy water ways early in the morning in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

At the end of April, the international community will meet in the Hague for the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The summit will bring together representatives from governments, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector. This is the second in a series of blog posts in the run up to the Summit.