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Issue No:81
  • :0973–1121
  • :June
  • :2019

Samudra Report No.81, June 2019

Cuba / Communities

Netting Fishers

A Fisheries Forum in Cuba brought together stakeholders from coastal communities to examine opportunities and challenges to make fisheries more sustainable

 This article is by Eduardo Boné Morón (, Manager, Ocean´s Program at Environmental Defense Fund, Cuba, Raidel Borroto Vejarano (, Director, Center for Fisheries Research of the Ministry of the Food Industry, and Valerie Miller (, Senior Manager, Ocean's Program at Environmental Defense Fund, Cuba 

Fishermen from across Cuba gathered for the first time in September 2018 at the Fisheries Forum called EncuentroPesquero. For three days, 55 stakeholders, including 21 fishermen from 10 coastal communities, joined heads to diagnose the status of fish populations and priorities for their management across Cuba’s four fishing zones. They examined opportunities and challenges for sustainable fisheries and developed a shared vision for the future.

Fishing is vital for Cuba’s economy and the livelihoods of its coastal communities. Fisheries here are highly diverse and small-scale, for the most part. Boats are typically less than 20 metres in length, with the exception of some shrimp vessels. The total annual harvest averaged...

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