Highlights

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2018

Hidden Harvest Workshop in Seattle

Catch Xavier and Mar discussing the methods for Hidden Harvest 2 with experts in various fields and view the panel session, “Hidden Harvest: a Deep look at small-scale fisheries”, LIVE with the Nereus Program, (FAO), and The WorldFish Center at the University of Washington. 

Trading fish in Baja California Sur, Mexico

Read about the project that is part of an international group of interdisciplinary sustainability scholars and practitioners focused on Mexico’s small-scale fisheries called MAREA, committed to understanding the connections among people and nature. More about MAREA here. (Spanish version)

Explore an infographic about the marine supply chain produced as part of this project.

Fish and Nutrition Report released:

Duke Marine Lab alumni Abigail Bennet, Ph.D. (2016), now at Duke University’s World Food Policy Center, led a report on the state of the science on fish and nutrition released on Tuesday. Other authors include Abby’s former advisor, Xavier Basurto, and John Virdin from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions as well as collaborators from the World Bank and The Environmental Defense Fund. In the context of the recently agreed-on United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the goal to end hunger, achieve food security, and improve nutrition, this report synthesizes current understanding of capture fisheries’ contributions to food and nutrition security and explores drivers of those contributions.

Read a Q&A with the authors here.

Here, Abby talks about the new report with Kelly Brownell.


Catch + Culture: A Deep Look at Small-Scale Fisheries

Small-scale fisheries are vital to communities around the world, but their value is severely underestimated. Hear more about their importance to global catch and culture from the experts at the Nereus Program, FAO, Duke and Worldfish.
2017

The first seminar at the Colegio de México about costal social-ecological systems

Improving our Knowledge on Small-Scale Fisheries: Data Needs and Methodologies

Read here about the workshop held in Rome to encourage data-sharing on small-scale fisheries, and to aim to make policy- and decision-makers aware of the sector’s importance.

Strengthening Governance of Small-Scale Fisheries

You can find our global report on Strengthening Governance of Small-Scale Fisheries here.

Watch the trailer of the new documentary we are working on:

Communication: Post-truth predicaments

How can scientists get through to a public that’s seemingly indifferent to objective facts?

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, how should scientists negotiate this new world order, in which objective facts and evidence can be lost in the noise generated by direct appeals to emotion, sentiment and deeply held personal beliefs? How can they best engage with the public and serve as a voice for science? Nature asked three experts for their views on how to redress the balance. Read about Xavier’s response here.

Check out this webinar from PESCII, a conference on place-based transdisciplinary research for global sustainability.

2016

The Washington Post coverage of our study on cooperative resource governance

2015
2012
  July 30, 2012 - El Lider de San Antonio. A regional newspaper in Chile reports: "[Scientists] Recommend that the New Fisheries Law Considers Social Science Variables"
2010 Editors' Pick in Environment Magazine: 
FORGET HARDIN: Other Responses to the Tragedy of the Commons


Looking Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons
September 16, 2010, Duke University
"Economists have a term to describe fishermen catching too many fish or loggers cutting down too many trees on public land..."
2009
Fish Shares and Sharing Fish
Basurto's work is reported in the New York Times, Olivia Judson's Blog: The Wild Side
"It is the last evening of the marine ecology course my wife and I teach each year at a field station in Bahía de Los Ángeles, a small fishing village on the Gulf of California. We’ve invited four local fishermen to join us for dinner, and they sit now in plastic chairs on our patio — the guests of honor, with a dozen college kids gathered before them like disciples..."