Capture Fisheries

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This third volume in the Commonwealth Blue Economy Series, Capture Fisheries, presents recommendations that could be implemented by small island developing states (SIDS) to protect and sustainably develop their capture fisheries within a blue economy model.

The book describes some of the challenges faced in managing capture fisheries, the potential for a blue economy approach to making improvements, some suggestions for strategies and activities that could be undertaken by SIDS to further these aims, and a number of case studies illustrating positive actions that have been taken by SIDS and their outcomes.




The marine environment provides valuable economic, social and cultural resources, which can contribute to the sustainable economic development of small island developing states (SIDS) and larger coastal states. Traditionally exploited marine resources include living resources, such as numerous species of fish and shellfish, and non-living resources, such as marine aggregates and petroleum, as well as supporting global transport and telecommunication networks. The marine environment also provides human communities with a broad range of essential services that support economic well-being and human health. Furthermore, new opportunities have emerged that are gradually being realised, including marine renewable energy and mariculture; currently, there is interest in marine genetic resources with potential pharmaceutical and industrial benefits.


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