Journal article

The unintended consequences of 'responsible fishing' for small-scale fisheries: Lessons from the Pacific coast of Colombia

Paula Satizabal



The ‘Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries’ developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has been central for the governance of fisheries. Most responsible fisheries initiatives are market-driven and motivate transitions towards greener economies. These added-value fish economies have increasingly connected fishing grounds to external markets that demand high quality sustainable products. This article problematizes the framework of responsible fishing and examines its intersections with place-base institutional processes in the Pacific coast of Colombia. In doing this, it explores how the concept of ‘responsible fishing’ has been framed, arguing that it has been used..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank the coastal communities along the Gulf of Tribuga, the Los Riscales Community Council, and the Gulf of Tribuga Environmental Ordinance Roundtable whose support in the development of this research was invaluable. She also would like to thank C. Jayasuriya for drawing the map. She is very grateful to C. Vieira and C. Rincon from the MarViva Foundation, as well as S.P.J. Batterbury, W. Dressler, J.C. Cardenas, B. Cook, J.E. Murillo, O. Saya, L.A. Perea, G. Ortiz, L. Hanlon (Lever), and S. Duchene for their insights, comments, and suggestions. This project received funding from the Francisco Jose de Caldas Scholarship from Colciencias (2012), as well as the Albert Shimmins Postgraduate Writing-Up Award (2017) and the School of Geography from the University of Melbourne.