Community-based approach to Fisheries Management

Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song – “Pathways”

Pathways is a collaboration between researchers and regional and national networks and agencies in support of their policy objectives. The project is led by Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. A key research partner is WorldFish, who leads activities in Solomon Islands. The Pacific Community (SPC) is the project’s leading partner at the regional level. Fisheries departments for each project country – the Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development; the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources; and the Vanuatu Fisheries Department – play a significant role in the project’s roll-out and success. Our collaboration extends beyond these partners to non-fisheries agencies, to promote a whole-of-government approach to scaling out CBFM.

Pathways research focuses on understanding and testing the structures, processes and capacity to implement and sustain national programs of community-based fisheries management in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. We aim to improve the wellbeing of half the population dependent on coastal fisheries in these partner countries. We will scale lessons and impacts across the region. Pathways activities are centred around five main objectives:

  • Strengthening Pacific institutions to implement the New Song for coastal fisheries
  • Improve and scale out CBFM in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
  • Improve the opportunities and viability of livelihood diversification to strengthen CBFM initiatives
  • Increase social and gender equity in coastal fisheries governance, utilisation and benefit distribution
  • Promote food and nutrition security in the Pacific food system through improved management and use of fish

For further information, please contact Senior Professor Neil Andrew.

Key publications