The human face behind the RPOA-SSF: 9 topics, 9 features


Small-scale fisheries make up 83% of the fleet in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, employ 127 000 people and generate USD 1.04 billion of revenue. Nevertheless, as impressive as these figures are, they don’t show the human dimension behind them. What they don’t show is the families that have worked together for generations, the living communities that small-scale fishers underpin and the unique regional cultures which their traditions have animated over hundreds of years.

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Over the next year, we’ll be running a series of 9 features exploring what each topic of the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) means in practice to small-scale fishers across the Mediterranean and Black Sea, taking a deeper dive into the human context of sustainability.