Establishing a governance threshold in small-scale fisheries to achieve sustainability
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/2586
EDITED VERSION: https://link.springer.com/10.1007/s13280-021-01606-x
UNESCO SUBJECT: 5312.01 Agricultura, Silvicultura, Pesca ; 5311 Organización y Dirección de Empresas ; 2510.92 Acuicultura Marina
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
Abstract The lack of effective governance is a major concern in small-scale fisheries. The implementation of governance that encompasses the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, and ecological) is still a worldwide challenge. We examined nine stalked barnacle fisheries ( Pollicipes pollicipes ) across Southwest Europe to better understand the relationship between governance elements and sustainability. Our results show that nested spatial scales of management, the access structure, co-management, and fisher’s participation in monitoring and surveillance promote sustainability. However, it is not the mere presence of these elements but their level of implementation that drives sustainability. Efforts should be placed in the accomplishment of a minimum combination of local scales of management, access rights through individual quotas, instructive-consultative co-management and functional participation. Surpassing this threshold in future governance structures will start to adequately promote social, economic and ecologically sustainability in small-scale fisheries.
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