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.

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

Kim Hunnam -

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.