The Economic Viability of Small- vs. Large-Scale Fisheries: An Example from Mexico Public Deposited

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Suggested Bibliographic Reference: NAAFE Forum 2017 Proceedings, March 22-24, 2017. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver with assistance from Stefani Evers. North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE), Corvallis, 2017.

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  • Achieving economic viability is an important goal when it comes to developing policies for sustainable fisheries management, especially for small-scale fisheries (SSF). SSF are vital for many coastal communities, however, often economically and politically marginalized. Here, we develop and estimate what we denote as ‘basic economic viability’ of SSF, using Mexican fisheries as an example. Results from 2000 to 2012 show increasing economic viability of SSF, mainly driven by decreasing fishing effort and increasing total revenue. Despite receiving 75% of total fisheries subsidies, the economic viability of large-scale fisheries (LSF) declined over the study period and more recently has fallen below zero, indicating a negative contribution to society. Recommendations for improvement in economic viability of fisheries include improved fisheries monitoring, especially in small coastal communities that is backed by increased access to data (social and economic). This can be done by re-directing capacity-enhancing subsidies towards strengthening fisheries management and broadening the livelihood possibilities available to fishers. We hope that results from assessments such as this help bridge the current knowledge gap in SSF research essential for policy making and management, that would not only improve economic viability but also the sustainability of the fish stocks upon which they rely.
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