Successful management of coral reef fisheries can directly deliver social and economic benefits such as food security, increased profits, and sustainable livelihoods to fisheries stakeholders.

Managing coral reef fisheries sustainably also directly contributes to the overall health of the coral reef, which then also helps to maintain ecosystem services such as tourism, shoreline protection, and other cultural values.

A fishery management strategy provides specific actions to achieve the ecological, economic, and social objectives of a fishery. Developing a management strategy for a coral reef fishery involves a number of components including: stock assessment methods, fishery management tools, and surveillance and enforcement methods.

A fisherman from the village of Malem gillnet fishing on the reef edge in the breaking waves in front of their village. They will take their catch home and divide it amongst their families. Kosrae Island, Micronesia. Photo © Nick Hall

Establishing a fisheries management strategy can facilitate long-term sustainable fisheries for the benefit of fish, coral reefs and the people who depend on them.

Last updated March 13, 2018

Stock Assessment Methods

Assessing the health of a fishery is an important step in achieving fishery management objectives. Many methods exist for assessing coral reef fisheries, ranging from conventional statistical methods to methods that can be used where fishery data is limited. Learn more.

Fishery Management Tools

When the goal is to manage fish for people and for nature, management tools implemented based on inputs from harvest can be used to achieve the fishery’s objectives. Learn more.

Fisheries Surveillance and Enforcement

Effective management of coral reef fisheries cannot succeed without effective law enforcement and compliance efforts. Learn more.

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