Viability and Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries in Latin America and The Caribbean

Editors: Silvia Salas, Maria José Barragán-Paladines, & Ratana Chuenpagdee

MARE Publication Series, Vol. 19

This book, prepared by the Too Big To Ignore partnership, constitutes a very valuable resource for policy makers, fisheries scientists, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and fishing communities interested in putting in place sound management strategies, research, and actions to contribute to the sustainability of small-scale fisheries and food security in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The book contributes to the global effort of promoting viability and sustainability in small-scale fishing communities, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean.


In 23 chapters encompassing case studies from more than 14 countries, specialists from various disciplines within the region share lessons learned and offer insights about inland and marine small-scale fisheries assessment, monitoring and management, adaptive capacity, stewardship, sustainable livelihoods, market dynamics, food security, as well as institutional and legal frameworks, relevant to Latin America and Caribbean countries and elsewhere.


The publication also constitutes an important step towards the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) as it raises the big questions and helps identify challenges and prospects to ensure a viable and sustainable small-scale fisheries future.

This important book illustrates the complexity, diversity, and dynamics of small-scale fisheries in the Latin American and Caribbean region and presents experiences, tools, and approaches to lead towards sustainable and viable fisheries. The reader will gain a new understanding on the range of actions, approaches, and information needed for their successful management".