Conference Theme: Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade
The general theme of the conference addresses the hidden possibilities of fisheries in all areas of the world, with particular emphasis on Africa and developing regions. Participants reflected on the goods and services fisheries and aquaculture provide to human society and on the objective that fishery management and aquaculture development should provide contributions to human well being whether through macro-economic growth (resource rents, trade revenues), small-business profits, wage labor, or nutritious food. These need to be weighed against the costs inherent in utilizing fish resources. Participants examined and suggested solutions for resolving those aspects of fisheries management and aquaculture development that can hamper our ability to fulfill this objective, helping to avoid worsening poverty traps, ecosystem damage, and inequities amongst fishery and aquaculture stakeholders. We stress that development, in this context, is something that takes place in every society, at all levels, and not just a process in the developing world. It is a continual process of change of seeking a cleaner, safer and more prosperous world and a fairer society that is relevant everywhere.
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Suggested bibliographic reference:
Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 16-20, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Edited by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2012.