Welcome to the SAFRN website

Thank you for visiting the Small-scale and Artisanal Fisheries Research Network webpage! Here you will find the latest and greatest from SAFRN as we work with researchers from multiple disciplines around the world to develop a set of streamlined, but broadly applicable methods for the study of small-scale and artisanal fisheries. We share our work, results, and general information about these fisheries via this webpage, our blog, and Twitter (@SAFRNatCMBC).


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SAFRN is a San Diego-based group of students, researchers, and faculty who study artisanal fisheries around the world.  We are a Research Focus Area at the Center of Biodiversity and Conservation. Network members represent a broad range of academic disciplines – including marine biology, economics, international relations, anthropology, and geography – and are associated with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California – San Diego, NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and San Diego State University. Photo Credit: Tara S. Whitty

Current Project

The Waitt foundation is funding our first major initiative, “Coordinating Research for Sustaining Artisanal Fisheries.”  Through this 2-year project, we aim to produce and share a clear set of guidelines for best practices in artisanal fisheries research and forge new working relationships across projects, disciplines, and institutions.

Photo Credit: Tara Whitty

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