Get an annotated online bibliography on small-scale fisheries and fishing communities. Resources are classified under eight themes: Right to Resources, Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Disasters and Climate Change, Decent Work, Fisheries Trade, Aquaculture, Biodiversity and SSF Guidelines

Women engage in a wide range of activities in fisheries, including paid and unpaid work and liaison with institutions. In several countries, women dominate inland fishing and aquaculture. Their play multiple roles – in seafood processing plants, as caregivers in the family, as the builders of social networks and community.

Gender issues focus not on women only but on their relationship with men, on their roles, rights and responsibilities. They acknowledge that these vary within and between cultures as well as by class, race, ethnicity, age and marital status.

The 2014 SSF Guidelines are based on the principle of gender equality and equity. They integrate gender issues into all small-scale fisheries development strategies.


Illuminating Hidden Harvests – The contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development by FAO, Duke University & WorldFish, 2023

Illuminating Hidden Harvests: the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development (hereinafter IHH) is a global study uncovering the contributions and impacts of small-scale fisheries through a multidisciplinary approach to...

Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2020: Leveraging Ocean Resources for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report examines how small island developing States can leverage ocean resources for their sustainable development giving pertinent policy recommendations to strengthen the development...

Best Practices for Marine Spatial Planning. The Nature Conservancy


The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team convened a workshop in June 2009 to develop advice on best practices for MSP. Twenty practitioners with marine spatial planning experience in more than...

Sustaining Seas: Oceanic Space and the Politics of Care

This edited book emerges from conversations across several disciplines, and including practitioners of different specialities (artists, writers, planners, policy makers) about how to sustain the seas, as they sustain us....

Biswas, Nilanjana. Towards gender-equitable small-scale fisheries governance and development – A handbook. FAO. 2017


The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) are the first internationally negotiated document dedicated specifically to the small-scale...

Fishery Exports and the Economic Development of LDCs: Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Comoros, Mozambique, Myanmar and Uganda. UNCTAD. 2017


The present study analyses the main supply-side and demand-side constraints that undermine the growth and development potential of the fishery sector of LDCs, with a particular focus on international food...

Report of the workshop for West Africa – Francophone women – Mbour (Senegal), 5 October 2016


This is report of the workshop organized to discuss the draft gender guidebook on SSF Guidelines.

Report on Human Trafficking, Forced Labour and Fisheries Crime in the Indonesian Fishing Industry by IOM, Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and Coventry University. 2016.

This research provides a glimpse into a far-reaching and well-entrenched criminal industry operating alongside the legitimate fishing industry, and often overlapping. The situation represents the spread of transnational organized crime...

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