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, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram


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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 Focus: Stewardship and Small-scale Fisheries

With Too Big To Ignore, we are co-coordinating the Small-Scale Fisheries Stewardship Research Cluster – these ongoing activities will focus on further synthesizing a global view of small-scale fishing impacts and contributions of small-scale fisheries (SSF) to conservation and stewardship. This dual approach will allow us to provide needed information on the relative magnitude and types of impacts from various types of SSF gear, while also highlighting the actual and potential role of SSF communities in the stewardship of fisheries resources and marine ecosystems.  Please consider contributing information you have on fishing gear impacts or community initiatives for stewardship! Photo Credit: Tara S. Whitty

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