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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 667; doi:10.3390/su8080667

A Social Wellbeing in Fisheries Tool (SWIFT) to Help Improve Fisheries Performance

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Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Program, Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Stockholm SE-104 05, Sweden
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Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Stockholm SE-104-05, Sweden
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Centre for Social Innovation, New York, NY 10001, USA
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Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
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Academic Editor: Phoebe Koundouri
Received: 8 February 2016 / Revised: 27 May 2016 / Accepted: 7 July 2016 / Published: 25 July 2016
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Abstract

We report on a rapid and practical method to assess social dimensions of performance in small-scale and industrial fisheries globally (Social Wellbeing in Fisheries Tool (SWIFT)). SWIFT incorporates aspects of security (fairness and stability of earnings, benefits of employment to local fishing communities, worker protection, and personal safety and health in communities associated with fisheries); flexibility (including opportunity for economic advancement); and the fishery’s social viability (including whether the fishery is recruiting new harvesters and diverse age classes of workers, whether women’s participation and leadership in global production networks are on an upward trajectory.). We build on resilience research by conceptualizing wellbeing in terms of security, flexibility, and viability, and assessing wellbeing at individual, community, and system levels. SWIFT makes social performance measures more broadly accessible to global production networks, incorporates an everyday understanding of wellbeing for people involved in the seafood industry, and helps put social sustainability into measurable terms that are relevant for businesses. View Full-Text
Keywords: fisheries improvement; corporate social responsibility; social sustainability; seafood; supply-chain; well-being; global production networks fisheries improvement; corporate social responsibility; social sustainability; seafood; supply-chain; well-being; global production networks
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Van Holt, T.; Weisman, W.; Johnson, J.C.; Käll, S.; Whalen, J.; Spear, B.; Sousa, P. A Social Wellbeing in Fisheries Tool (SWIFT) to Help Improve Fisheries Performance. Sustainability 2016, 8, 667.

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