On Senegalese TV

July 23, 2018

Catch Hillary on Senegalese TV during her participation as a FAO fellow in a FAO Regional Consultation Meeting (19 countries, 70 participants) recently conducted in Senegal.

Alumnae Jill Hamilton and Chrissy Hayes tapped for Knauss Fellowship Program

July 16, 2018

Jill Hamilton and Chrissy Hayes, both co-lab alumnae, have been named finalists for John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships. The Knauss Fellowship program places recent university graduates in federal agencies and offices to work with policymakers and staffers on coastal policy issues of national consequence. Read more about it here.

En la orilla at Duke Marine Lab Open House

July 14, 2018

Our film En la orilla was presented at the Duke Marine Lab Open House on July 14. The film tells the story of a family in Agua Verde, a 256-person town on the eastern coast of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, and how the father, Gaspar,  struggles to catch enough fish and make enough money to pay for the things his family need. Link to the film’s webpage here.

Hidden Harvest 2 in SOFIA 2018

July 9, 2018

The Hidden Harvest 2 (HH2) project is featured in FAO’s latest report on The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2018. SOFIA is a  bi-annual flagship publication that highlights the key role that fisheries play in meeting FAO’s goal of a world without hunger and malnutrition. On page 140 of its newest edition, the authors discuss the significance of HH2 to increase the available information on the socio-economic contributions of small-scale fisheries.

Download the HH2 section here.

Participation in COFI in Rome

July 9, 2018

Xavier Basurto, John Virdin, and Hillary Smith from Duke University, along with David Mills from WorldFish, participated in the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) side event on the Importance of small-scale fisheries: Global, regional and national initiatives on  July 9, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Mexico Blog

High marks for Community-Based Marine Conservation in the Gulf of California course

June 29, 2018

Our Community-Based Conservation course earned high marks from students this year. Read more about this achievement here and about the course here.

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.

Hidden Harvest Program Brief

May 2018

Learn here about the collaboration between FAO, Duke, and Worldfish to expand our understanding of the global contribution of small-scale fisheries.

Hidden Harvest Workshop in Seattle

May 2018

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. 

Fish and Nutrition Report released

May 2018

Duke Marine Lab alumni Abigail Bennett, Ph.D. (2016), at the time at Duke University’s World Food Policy Center, now at Michigan State University, 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

June 2018

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.

The first seminar at the Colegio de México about coastal 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


The Washington Post coverage of our study on cooperative resource governance


Community Voices from the Gulf of California


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"


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..."


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..."