Emerging frontiers in social-ecological systems research for sustainability of small-scale fisheries

John N. Kittinger, Elena M. Finkbeiner, Natalie C. Ban, Kenneth Broad, Mark H. Carr, Joshua E. Cinner, Stefan Gelcich, Myriah L. Cornwell, J. Zachary Koehn, Xavier Basurto, Rod Fujita, Margaret R. Caldwell, Larry B. Crowder

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Small-scale fisheries (SSF) account for most of the livelihoods associated with fisheries worldwide and support food security for millions globally, yet face critical challenges from local threats and global pressures. Here, we describe how emerging concepts from social-ecological systems thinking can illuminate potential solutions to challenges facing SSF management, with real-world examples of three key themes: (1) external drivers of change; (2) social-ecological traps; and (3) diagnostic approaches and multiple outcomes in SSF. The purpose of this article is to aid practitioners by moving a step closer toward making these theoretical concepts operational and to stimulate thinking on how these linkages can inform a transition toward sustainability in small-scale fisheries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-357
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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