the fishermen are patient
their lines settle in clear water
their wide-brimmed hats
will keep off
on the boulevards meantime
carriages come and go
doctors to quiet basements
and children to circuses
music masters to doleful violins
and lovers to strange ceremonies
of whalebone and gardenias
the fishermen are unimpressed
over clear water
where the rod’s end dances
the world is almost
and everything that matters
about to happen
—Alasdair Paterson from Strictly Private
Analysis : SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES
The Trickle-down Catch
Broad governance issues hamper the sustainable management of small-scale fisheries in developing countries
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
The current world fisheries crisis is characterized by vast overcapacity of fishing fleets, growing depletion of major fish stocks, evaporation of economic rent, and high incidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The crisis has been fuelled by ineffective governance, and is now exacting increased efforts from fisheries administrations worldwide to dedicate increased resources to improve governance of fisheries sectors, and reverse current trends.
The crisis has been largely driven by expanding world markets for fisheries products. Demand for fish has been rising unabated for the last three decades, and fish has now become the most traded and most valuable natural resource commodity in the world. About 40 per cent of all harvested marine products enter global fish trade, whose export value has reached nearly US$90 bn per year, a value which has increased by around 1,000 per cent since 1976. All of this is not without impact on smallscale fisheries.
My musings address some of the broader...