Inland Fisheries Are Critical for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Inland fisheries produce more than 50% of all food fish in the world, and are critical for gender equality, as well as food and economic security.

Global development plans, driven by the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are missing an important opportunity for progress by not explicitly including inland fisheries. That’s the conclusion of a panel of experts who gathered at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Tampa, Florida last week. Representatives from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Conservation International, the US Geological Survey, and universities from around the world demonstrated the importance of fisheries to nutrition, gender equality, livelihood resilience, and food and economic security in Low Income Food Deficit Countries (LIFDC). Inland fisheries produce more than 50% of all food fish in the world, and 43% of the world’s inland fisheries are located in 50 LIFDCs. Secure Fisheries’ Dr. Sarah Glaser presented her ongoing research on ways aquaculture in Lake Victoria can help or hinder development goals by impacting wild fisheries in the lake.