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  • A boat floating on the water, seaweed is seen underneath.

    Negotiators return to the high seas

    Negotiators will today resume the final round of talks on a UN treaty to conserve and regulate the use of biodiversity in international waters. A central element of the proposed treaty is area-based management tools, which are crucial for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. But negotiators must consider how protecting areas beyond national jurisdiction impacts people, particularly in vulnerable coastal communities

    7 March 2022 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Women selling fish

    Life and livelihoods: the impact of COVID-19 on small-scale fishing communities

    Small-scale fisheries are a vital source of employment, income and food for millions, especially in developing countries, but COVID-19 has affected the entire aquatic food system. On World Oceans Day, Cristina Pita looks at the drastic impact on the life and livelihoods for the poorest and most vulnerable

    8 June 2021 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Women spreading fish on a drying rack

    Fish Night 7: Gender equality in the seafood value chain

    This online event on International Women's Day heard about the importance of women in the seafood industry, the impacts of challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change on women, and how gender equality can be championed in the sustainable blue recovery

    18 February 2021 | Event | Fisheries
  • Boats tied to the port.

    Increasing the visibility of artisanal small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers

    The United Nations has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. An IIED-led initiative aims to focus global attention on the importance and the role played by small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers

    28 January 2021 | Project | Fisheries
  • Vendor cutting fish in the market.

    Evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small-scale fisheries and its markets

    Safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly damaging for small-scale fishers’ livelihoods. An IIED-led project aims to evaluate the impacts and identify initiatives for small-scale fishers to build back better

    28 January 2021 | Project | Fisheries
  • A fisher casting a net from a small boat surrounded by a large expanse of water

    Closing the gap: financing the transition towards an inclusive blue economy

    The marine environment and its resources sustain the livelihoods of millions of people around the world. But fish stocks and ocean habitats are under threat.  

    21 May 2020 | Event | Economics
  • A fishing trawler

    Scrap devastating fishing subsidies to help save the ocean and climate

    The World Trade Organization resumed talks on fishing subsidies this week. Originally, it committed that by the end of 2019 it would prohibit the subsidies that are causing overfishing and damaging the life of the ocean. But despite the urgency, it failed to meet this deadline. This has significant implications for life in the ocean, the health and livelihoods of poor coastal communities in developing countries and climate change

    15 January 2020 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Graphical illustration

    Introduction to an inclusive blue economy

    IIED’s ‘Inclusive blue economy’ programme aims to support resilient marine and coastal ecosystems and the people who depend on them

    27 November 2019 | Article | Economics
  • Plastic boxes containing fish and ice

    Hilsa fish essential to Myanmar local nutrition and livelihoods, and needs protecting

    An IIED study has identified when and where spawning hilsa most require protection and highlights the need for different management strategies to ensure the sustainability of this key food source

    11 November 2019 | News | Biodiversity
  • Podcast cover image

    IIED launches podcast

    The first episode of IIED’s new ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast has been launched to coincide with the BBNJ negotiations in New York. The podcast will offer listeners informal insights into the complex issues facing the world and provide expert analysis of key international events

    23 August 2019 | News | Communication
  • Three people talk into a microphone around the table

    Protecting our ocean: Make Change Happen podcast episode 1

    Nearly three quarters of our planet is covered by water; the ocean is the earth’s essential life support system. But much of the ocean is under-regulated and over-exploited. IIED’s new podcast looks at international efforts to protect the ocean, support marine biodiversity and create sustainable fisheries

    23 August 2019 | Article | Communication
  • A fisher waits with a large net attached to his small boat

    New rules for governing high seas must be fair for everyone

    As the third session of BBNJ negotiations starts in New York, Essam Yassin Mohammed makes the case for a global ocean treaty that is fair and equitable for everyone

    20 August 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Fishermen hauling in a net

    Accounting for small-scale fisheries and the ocean

    As the interest in accounting for ocean economies grows, we need to ensure vulnerable small-scale fishers and communities do not continue to be left behind

    5 August 2019 | Project | Fisheries
  • Fishing boats

    Delivering sustainable fisheries through fiscal incentives

    Fisheries resources that support the livelihoods of millions of women and men are under threat due to overfishing and pollution. IIED is exploring how governments can use fiscal instruments – such as taxes and subsidies – to deliver positive socioeconomic and environmental outcomes for sustainable and inclusive fisheries management

    31 July 2019 | Project | Economics
  • A fisherman looks at his latest huge catch of fish caught in nets

    It is time to control fishing on the high seas to protect the life of the ocean and coastal people who depend on it

    As the state of the ocean continues to grab headlines, World Oceans Day (8 June) is an opportunity to make sure new measures to govern the high seas include fishing – the greatest threat to life in the deep ocean

    8 June 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Women pulling fishing nets through shallow water

    Steering gender to the centre of the blue economy

    This year World Oceans Day (8 June) focuses on promoting gender equality in all ocean-related activities. Eugenia Merayo looks at the challenges women face – and says a sustainable blue economy must involve the active representation and participation of both women and men at all levels

    6 June 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • A group of fishermen on a boat in Bangladesh

    Leave no one behind: assessing policy choices

    At the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals lies a promise to ‘leave no one behind’. IIED worked with partners in Asia and Africa to ask what the phrase means to different groups and what action is needed to turn it from rhetoric to reality

    20 May 2019 | Project | Energy
  • Fishing boats on the Bay of Bengal

    Cooperation vs. competition over shared fish stocks

    When fisheries straddle national borders, cooperation between countries to manage their shared resources sustainably and equitably is vital. Bangladesh and Myanmar have come together to work out the best way to do this for the hilsa shad, one of the region’s most commercially and culturally important fish

    23 April 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • 50% of the planet falls outside national boundaries. Ungoverned, these seas are exposed to widespread abuses such as overfishing or the dumping of chemical waste and plastic (Image: IIED/Soapbox)

    IIED animation: how a new global treaty could turn the tide to save the high seas

    The final instalment in a series of three animations from IIED on how nations can move towards an inclusive blue economy explores how a new global treaty – the first of its kind – could end lawlessness that threatens conservation of the high seas

    21 February 2019 | News | Fisheries
  • Seaweed farmers in Indonesia (Photo: Hiswaty Hafid/USAid, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Focusing the blue economy future on small-scale fisheries

    At the heart of IIED’s fisheries economics and ocean programme are small-scale fisheries and the people linked to those fisheries. Together, they play a large part in the future health and sustainability of the blue economy

    18 February 2019 | Blog | Communication
  • An image from the animation focusing why small-scale fisheries matter

    IIED animation: it’s time for policy to catch on to small-scale fishing

    A new animation from IIED – the second instalment in a three-part series – urges policymakers around the world to recognise the value that small-scale fishing brings to national economies

    15 February 2019 | News | Fisheries
  • Small-scale fishers in Vietnam depend heavily on coastal resources ((Photo: Hội An, Vietnam by Thijs Degenkamp on Unsplash)

    Webinar: So far yet so close – why the high seas matter to vulnerable coastal communities

    This webinar on 18 March 2019 discussed the interconnectedness of the high seas and coastal waters, and what this means for vulnerable coastal communities

    6 February 2019 | Event | Economics
  • Fishing in Kenya's Lake Naivasha provides income for local people, but fish stocks have declined sharply due to over-fishing and the diversion of water for agriculture (Photo: Cheryl Q, Creative Commons via Flicker)

    Green lessons for the blue economy

    Laura Kelly discusses how lessons from the past can help ensure everyone benefits from our ocean, seas and coasts

    11 December 2018 | Blog | Fisheries
  • An image from the fiscal tools animation, that was screened at the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi (Image: IIED/Nice and Serious)

    IIED animation: using fiscal policy tools to create a sustainable future for ocean and people

    A new animation explains how governments can use tools such as taxes, penalties and subsidies to support the health of the ocean and protect the livelihoods of people who depend on it

    28 November 2018 | News | Economics
  • Men fishing on the beach in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

    Webinar: No hidden catch: mainstreaming small-scale fisheries in national accounts

    This webinar on 20 November 2018 discussed how natural capital accounting methods could be used to identify the contribution made by small-scale fisheries to the national economy

    7 November 2018 | Event | Economics
  • Professor Rashid Sumaila addresses interested marine specialists from research institutes, the private sector and international organisations at Fish Night 5 (Photo: Zaiza Khan/IIED)

    Fish Night 5: How subsidies are not always beneficial equally to fish and people

    IIED held its fifth Fish Night event on 17 October 2018, with Professor Rashid Sumaila speaking about the ways to make sure subsidies designed to benefit the fishing sector don’t work to the detriment of smaller fisheries

    6 November 2018 | Event | Economics
  • A shoal of muguraan circle above a bait net

    First steps towards a global agreement

    IIED director Andrew Norton responds to the end of the first session of negotiations of new laws for the high seas, calling for a greater presence of the views of those most affected to ensure a fair and inclusive treaty

    21 September 2018 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Shahajat Ali shows a newspaper article describing the incentive-based hilsa conservation programme under the Department of Fisheries (Photo: BCAS)

    EbA Evidence and Policy: Bangladesh

    The EbA Evidence and Policy Project is gathering evidence on the effectiveness of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches in the fishery sector in Bangladesh to mainstream EbA into national climate change and fishery policies.    

    12 June 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Artisanal fishermen in the Philippines. In a nation made up of 7,100 islands, small-scale fishing provides livelihoods to hundreds of thousands of people.  (Photo: Bernard Spragg. NZ, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Revealing the value of small-scale fishing to national economies

    There are millions of small-scale fisheries around the world, providing food and livelihoods for families and local communities, yet they go unnoticed by sector statistics, which focus on the overall contribution of the fishing industry to the national economy. As a result, they receive minimal attention from policymakers and consequently, minimal investment — if any. 

    23 May 2018 | Article | Fisheries
  • A deep-sea fishing trawler

    Helping the LDCs negotiate the high seas

    IIED is helping the least developed countries (LDCs) to participate effectively in talks about a new international treaty on the high seas

    17 May 2018 | Project | Fisheries
  • A small fishing boat off the Albanian coast (Photo: Essam Yassin Mohammed/IIED)

    Three things I learnt from a small-scale fisherman in Albania

    During a recent visit to the Albanian coastal town of Shëngjin, Essam Yassin Mohammed heard about the obstacles facing the small-scale fishing community, and was struck by recurring challenges facing artisanal fishers in different parts of the global South.  

    23 January 2018 | Blog | Fisheries
  • High-tech trawlers in the Faroe Islands. Ninety-five per cent of this tiny nation's exports is made up of fish (Photo: antonalfred, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Turning the tide: creating incentives for sustainable oceans

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in place, but are policy makers ready and willing to bite? Dave Steinbach explains why now is the time to move from intent to action – and outlines a new approach on how to deliver SDG 14.

    17 January 2017 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Fish Night 4 will hear from a record-breaking ocean skipper on her ocean experiences (Image: Nick Turner/IIED)

    Fish Night 4: Governing our high seas. Why now?

    IIED's latest Fish Night event looked at the high seas and biodiversity. Can governing the high seas have an impact for biodiversity? How do the challenges faced by high seas governance impact us in our daily lives?

    18 November 2016 | Event | Communication
  • World Oceans Day logo

    Protecting the world's oceans: three key tasks

    In a video to mark World Oceans Day on 8 June, IIED's director Andrew Norton has set out three ways that the international community can work to protect the world's oceans

    8 June 2016 | News | Fisheries
  • An image of an artisanal fisher in Kiribati casting his net into the water; 90 per cent of all fishers are small-scale or artisanal (Photo: Quentin Hanich/WorldFish, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Towards an inclusive blue economy

    Action in policy and practice is needed to ensure the many benefits from oceans, seas and coasts are available to all

    1 June 2016 | Blog | Fisheries
  • An image of Mohammad Sayedul Haque, the Bangladesh Minister of Fisheries and Livestock alongside a table around which sit participants from Bangladesh, Myanmar and India as they discuss sustainable hilsa fishery management (Photo: Essam Yassin Mohammed/IIED)

    Scientists call for international collaboration to safeguard hilsa fish stocks

    Scientists, academics and officials called for regional collaboration on safeguarding vital fish stocks in the Bay of Bengal at a seminar in Dhaka on May 4-5. The two-day seminar was organised to discuss research into incentive based fisheries management in Bangladesh and to explore opportunities for collaboration on sustainable fisheries between Bangladesh, India and Myanmar.

    6 May 2016 | News | Fisheries
  • Policymakers at a UN meeting in New York discuss how to end the legal 'no man's land' on 50 per cent of the Earth's surface (Photo by IISD/Francis Dejon)

    Governing the ungoverned 50% of the planet

    Essam Yassin Mohammed reports back from the first round of a UN preparatory meeting to create an agreement on the sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the high seas

    11 April 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh. Inadequate government compensation during periods when fishing is banned has a harsh economic consequence for families (Photo: BBC World Service Bangladesh Boat, Creative Common, via Flickr)

    Forced to sell the roof over their heads

    Compensation supports fisher families during a ban on hilsa fishing in Bangladesh – but a visit to a family in Govinda exposes the harsh realities of income loss

    4 April 2016 | Blog | Economics
  • A fishing vessel is dwarfed by a crude oil tanker in Singapore harbour, illustrating the impact oil prices have on sustainable fisheries (Photo: Andrew Thomas, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Plunging oil prices: what happens to our oceans?

    Falling oil prices might be benefiting the UK economy, but are the world's fish stocks paying the price?

    15 February 2016 | Blog | Economics
  • Fishermen in Zanzibar, Tanzania (Photo: Yannick Beadoin)

    Painting Africa's economy blue

    The first official day of the decade for African Seas and Oceans provides a timely reason to think about how marine resources could better contribute to Africa's economy

    22 July 2015 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Bowls full of hilsa placed on a table

    Investing in hilsa fishery as economic infrastructure for Bangladesh

    Hilsa fishery is highly valuable to Bangladesh, and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of economic incentives to manage the fishery has had positive social and ecological outcomes. This project aimed to estimate the true economic value of hilsa fishery and rigorously assess the impact of the economic incentive mechanism

    29 June 2015 | Project | Fisheries
  • A boat near Fiji. Tourism and fishing are important industries for the Pacific nation of Fiji. Both of these economically important sectors depend on effective marine conservation (Photo: Sam Gao, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Ocean of bliss: rewriting the narrative

    On World Oceans Day, Essam Yassin Mohammed says it is time to rethink the way we look at the world's ocean resources

    8 June 2015 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Madagascan fishermen set out for a day's fishing in traditional dugout canoes. Madagascar is implementing community-based management for some of its marine resources (Photo: Andreas Hafenscher, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    World Oceans Day event will examine the potential of oceans and coasts

    Join us on World Oceans Day (8 June) for an event to discuss the future of our oceans and coasts

    21 May 2015 | News | Fisheries
  • Fishermen from Mayadip Island, Bangladesh. IIED will be discussing Bangladesh's work on payments for sustainable fisheries at the EDD15 forum (Photo: Matthew Becker, the Advocacy Project, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED at European Development Days 2015

    IIED researchers and partners will run sessions on economic incentives for fisheries management and delivering energy for poor communities at this year's European Development Days (EDD15) in Brussels. Dr Essam Mohammed, senior researcher in IIED's fisheries team, will moderate a high-level presentation on economic incentives for fisheries management in Bangladesh, and IIED senior researcher Sarah Best will participate in a session on energy access for poor communities

    18 May 2015 | Event | Energy
  • Bangladeshi fishers with debts must repay loans even when fishing is banned, resulting in illegal fishing activities (Photo: John Pavelka, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Idris bhai, your voice has been heard!

    A chance conversation with a Bangladeshi fisherman may have paid off

    24 March 2015 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Althelia Ecosphere's Simon Dent speaking at Fish Night 2 (Photo: Inta Photography)

    Fish Night 2 looks at finance for sustainable fisheries

    Academics, representatives of NGOs, consultants, marine scientists and students attended IIED’s Fish Night 2 for a discussion on alternative financing mechanisms for sustainable fisheries

    4 March 2015 | Event | Economics
  • Government officials and researchers discuss the future of hilsa management on 19 January (Photo: Essam Mohammed/IIED)

    UK's Darwin Initiative funded project strives to reduce threats to hilsa fish

    Senior Bangladeshi officials, researchers and IIED staff have met to review a project that aims to restore hilsa fish stocks and create a sustainable fishing industry in the country

    19 January 2015 | News | Fisheries
  • Fishermen hauling in nets near the Kenyan coastal town of Shimoni (Photo: Anna Kika via Flickr)

    Can we save our fisheries with lessons from our forests?

    Payments to encourage the conservation of important natural resources are being used to protect forests, but can they also play a role in restoring depleted fisheries?

    27 November 2014 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Blue, rather than green, is the dominant colour of planet earth (Photo: Google licence)

    Why do I see blue when everyone else sees green?

    Could participants at the climate summit only see the colour green? How else can we explain the near total absence of the oceans from the programme and declarations

    1 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A shoal of fish; marine issues were among the focus of the international seminar

    International seminar to demonstrate economic value of marine and coastal ecosystem services

    An international seminar in Costa Rica on Friday, 5 September focused on the economic contribution of marine and coastal ecosystem services to the regional economy

    4 September 2014 | News | Fisheries
  • Illustration of people standing on a globe

    FishNet: Inspiring action for sustainable fisheries

    The FishNet online platform and Fish Night meetings offer two ways for people interested in sustainable fisheries to connect and inspire positive action for fisheries that work for today as well as the future

    11 August 2014 | Project | Fisheries
  • Fishermen along the Meghna Rover (Photo: Essam Mohammed/IIED)

    Want to know how to save a fish species? Ask a fisher

    When Essam Yassin Mohammed asked a former fisherman in Bangladesh how to protect a fish that feeds millions of people, he learnt about four overlooked factors that intensify threats to the species

    8 June 2014 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Watch an animation produced by IIED to highlight its sustainable fisheries work

    Inspiring action for sustainable fisheries: Today and the future

    In the wake of predictions that the oceans will be fishless by 2050, IIED has produced an animation to showcase its work on the economics of marine and coastal fisheries

    28 March 2014 | News | Fisheries
  • Fish for sale in a Sri Lankan market. Credit: Dhammika Heenpella (Flickr /

    Ten ways to ensure there are plenty more fish in the sea

    Sustainable fisheries must be central to the new global development goals that all nations will pursue from 2015, says Essam Yassin Mohammed.

    28 January 2014 | Blog | Fisheries
  • A net full of cod

    Fishy business at IIED

    The end of November was an exciting time for IIED’s Sustainable Markets Group, which launched two publications and an online network, all with a focus on sustainable fisheries. Grace Philip reports.

    10 December 2013 | Blog | Fisheries
  • PLA 30: Participation and Fishing Communities

    Participatory Learning and Action: a journal for newcomers and experienced practitioners alikeAbout PLA: Backgrou

    1 October 1997 | Article | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
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