Small Scale Artisanal Fisheries Research Network-SAFRN

Nets and boats in a Malagasy village (Madagascar)

Nets and boats in a Malagasy village (Madagascar)

Artisanal fisheries are small-scale fisheries for subsistence or local, small markets, generally using traditional fishing techniques and small boats. They occur around the world (particularly in developing nations) and are vital to livelihoods and food security. Collectively, these fisheries catch about 30 million tons of fish for human consumption annually (the same amount as commercial fisheries), and an estimated 150 million people directly depend on these fisheries for protein and income.

SAFRN seeks to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration between researchers interested in artisanal fisheries across UCSD departments, NOAA, and beyond. SAFRN researchers foster an improved understanding of the socioeconomic and cultural drivers underlying small scale fisheries and the management implications of these drivers.

Coordinating cross-discipline efforts in artisanal fisheries research worldwide

Group members represent diverse academic disciplines (including marine biology, economics, international relations, and business) and research locations all over the world, including the Caribbean, North America, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific.

The story of a a traditional fishing community working against the ocean of issues is presented by CMBC Alumni Chris Neighbors and Brett Garner in this 2014 film: Kia Over There

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