Special Issue "Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries: Recent Trends and Future Prospects"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Liontakis Angelos
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Guest Editor
Agricultural Economics Research Institute Hellenic Agricultural Organization-DEMETER, P.C. 11855 , Athens (Ilisia), Greece
Interests: Agricultural Economics; Regional Growth; Fisheries Economics; Environmental economics; Sustainability
Dr. Tzouramani Irene
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Guest Editor
Agricultural Economics Research Institute Hellenic Agricultural Organization-DEMETER, P.C. 11528, Athens (Ilisia), Greece
Interests: agricultural economics; fisheries economics; socio-economics; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At present, more and more research effort is being devoted to the part of the fishing sector focused on small-scale and artisanal fisheries. The small-scale fishing (SSF) sector has gained the attention of scientists and policy makers, as it highly contributes to nutrition, food security, and poverty alleviation, especially in developing countries, while it provides sustainable livelihoods to millions of people along the distribution chain.

Likewise, in developed countries, the importance of SSF to national economies has been widely recognized. The socioeconomic role of SSF is highlighted as a key driver for sustainable growth and local development. SSF provides income and employment in many coastal communities and promotes social cohesion and sustainability. In addition, it creates added value as it produces high-quality products that are distributed through short—and mostly local—value chains. Moreover, SSF promotes environmental sustainability as, in general, it has a low impact on the environment.

Despite its importance, however, the SSF sector faces multiple challenges: fishery overexploitation, climate change, weak and fragmented market structure, competition and conflicts with other fishing (e.g., large-scale fisheries, recreational fisheries) and nonfishing sectors (e.g., other industries, tourism, aquaculture), weak governance and lack of synergies, weak participation in decision-making, and difficulty in adopting innovation, to name but a few. These challenges create a highly vulnerable environment that contributes to increased income risk and uncertainty for fishers and hinders the success and the sustainable growth of the sector with multiple further consequences to the society. Even though fishery management mechanisms are sometimes in place, they cannot always ensure SSF sustainability. To deal with this, many scholars highlight the need for an ecosystem-based management plan for fisheries and coastal zones.

The aims of this Special Issue are twofold: firstly, to augment the understanding and reveal the key socioeconomic factors and management strategies that promote or tackle sustainability and in general, success of the SSF sector as well as the development of coastal communities; and secondly, to highlight the adjustments that SSF enterprises have to make to reach sustainability and improve fishers’ livelihood. 

As the aforementioned issues are, by definition, multidisciplinary in nature, this Special Issue welcomes submissions from a broad range of research fields that highlight the socioeconomic aspects of the SSF sector and its enterprises, assist in the design of more efficient, evidence-based policies, and management plans and provide new directions for research.

Dr. Liontakis Angelos
Dr. Irene Tzouramani
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Fishery economics
  • Local development and regional growth
  • Socioeconomics
  • Fisheries/Rural sociology
  • Income risk and uncertainty
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Marine policy
  • Environmental economics
  • Gender issues in fisheries
  • Ecosystem-based management and marine spatial planning

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Unravelling the Role of Gender in Fisheries’ Socio-Economic Performance: The Case of Greek Small-Scale Fisheries
Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5304; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135304 - 30 Jun 2020
Abstract
Small-scale fisheries account for 94% of the Greek fishing fleet. The sector consists mainly of family-owned vessels and highly depends on family labor. While the role of women as crew members is of particular interest, there is little evidence of their actual employment [...] Read more.
Small-scale fisheries account for 94% of the Greek fishing fleet. The sector consists mainly of family-owned vessels and highly depends on family labor. While the role of women as crew members is of particular interest, there is little evidence of their actual employment status, labor situation, and contribution in the fishing activity. This paper focuses on women in small-scale fisheries in order to investigate their role in the sector and reveal their contribution to fishing enterprises. In addition, it implements a comparative analysis to investigate the differences in various socio-economic indicators in small-scale vessels with and without female crew members. The results indicate that the presence of women has a positive outcome on several social and economic indicators that reflect the wealth of both fishing households and employees. In terms of employment, several differences in the structural characteristics appeared regarding the onshore employment, the share of unpaid labor, and the total hours worked. The majority of female crew members can be characterized as “fisherwomen,” since fishing is their main occupation. Further in-depth research to investigate the family relations among crew members and how they affect the fishing enterprise can supplement the existing research. Full article
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