Artisanal fishermen divers are around the world.
Small-scale operations continue to play a critical role in supporting livelihoods, particularly rural livelihoods, contributing to food security and alleviating poverty. By the nature of small-scale operators’ engagement, it is a challenge to accurately account for their participation, which is typically characterized by part-tie engagement in multiple sectors, mixed and dynamic temporal engagement (seasonal, occasional or part-time), and with operations in scattered and often remote locations. Moreover, the contributions of small-scale operators are often of greater importance to food security than economic accounting would indicate. Efforts to improve data availability and statistics in support of blue growth and advice on best practice, such as the Guidelines to Enhance Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics through a Census Framework, should improve reporting by encouraging countries to enhance reporting on small-scale operations through census and survey questionnaires.
— FAO (2016), The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

THROUGH WIDE-SPANNING COLLABORATION ACROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS, we strive to better understand the characteristics and health concerns of small-scale fishermen and fisheries in other regions. We envision applying the lessons taught by one community to help one more. 

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International Guidelines on Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines)

Other Resources from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO Policy Series)