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Creating Sustainable Fisheries

Although their stories are largely unpublicized, a number of fishing communities have avoided self-destructive overexploitation for decades. And they do it with minimal, if any, governmental regulation.”  

Donald Leal, PERC, “Community-Run Fisheries”


Around the world, community-run fisheries are being created by fishermen who want to preserve their livelihoods for themselves and their children. From the North Atlantic to the Northern Sea, to the Caspian and the Pacific, fishermen are banding together for self-regulation of sustainable fishing practices, and in so doing are earning more money for themselves and their families.

Paso Pacifico aims to help the fishermen of Nicaragua follow suit, empowering them with the science and technology necessary to gather data, assess and monitor resources, and determine best practices.

Working with local fishermen and visiting scientists, we have launched a series of studies to evaluate by-catch and identify ways we can support fishermen as they strive to meet consumer demand today and into the future. In October 2011, we completed the first assessment of mortality and small-scale fishing practices in La Flor, and worked with PRETOMA to implement a fisheries gear exhange to eliminate gill nets, distributing equipment for fifteen teams of gill net-free boats in the Ostional community.

Ensuring that the fishermen can bring in their catch without harming endangered sea turtles means their turtle-safe fish will bring a higher price in the sustainable fish market. It also means their neighbors in the hospitality industry will see more inbound tourism during turtle nesting and hatching seasons.

The fishermen who are currently establishing Nicaragua's first community-run fishery will determine best practices, maintain sustainable fishing zones, and share information in their communities and with research scientists and conservation interests around the world. Our fishermen will help illustrate what Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom has shown about the ability to effectively manage commons at a local level.

Fisheries Study Summaries

Coastal-Marine Research Partners

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PO Box 1244 • Ventura, CA 93002-1244
Phone: 1-805-643-7044

Carretera a Masaya Km 12.4
Residencial Villas del Prado, Casa No. 7
Managua, Nicaragua
Phone: +505-2279-8423
Phone: +505-2279-7072

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