Secure Fisheries engages governance stakeholders to inform policy and improve the regulation and management of fisheries. Fisheries play an important role in ensuring peace and stability in fragile and post conflict regions because it provides coastal communities access to a key source of protein and the potential for economic opportunities. The fisheries sector also enables governments to generate resources through the sale of fishing licenses that can be invested into sustainable development of the sector as well as towards the achievement of broader socio-economic goals.
Strong fisheries governance, including national fisheries management plans and coordinated data collection, is vital for ensuring lasting access to the resource. It is also important for preventing fisheries-related conflict. Competition for limited resources can lead to violence between fishers, communities, and nations. Declining fish stocks lead to reduced incomes, increasing the recruiting capabilities of criminal and terrorist groups. Conversely, sustainable fishing practices create reliable forms of income and improve health and well-being in fishing communities, reducing the root causes of conflict. Our work informs fisheries stakeholders by providing objective and empirical research.