Christine McDaniel and Michael Puttré write in Discourse Magazine about how we can achieve sustainable fishing globally.
- Overfishing, which is happening partially as a result of government subsidies, hurts marine ecosystems and coastal communities.
- The World Trade Organization and United Nations have reached agreements to end these harmful subsidies and discourage overfishing activities.
- In order for these treaties to have a meaningful impact, countries must crack down on unregulated fishing and prevent the encroachment of fishing from developed nations in the waters of developing countries.
- Policymakers should also explore avenues to expand small-scale fishing operations, which tend to be more sustainable and benefit local communities and marine wildlife.
“Small-scale fishing communities tend to regulate themselves in a proactive way to ensure sustainable harvests: The regulators are the fishers, and the fishers are the regulators. The fishers in a certain area today will be the same fishers in that same area tomorrow, the next day and the next year. It is in their interest to catch enough to make a living but not so much as to deplete next year’s catch.”
Read the full article here.