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The Artisanal Fisher, A Short Documentary Film

  • Author(s): Broesch, James D
  • et al.

The Artisanal Fisher, A Short Documentary (14 minutes). Artisanal fishers are small scale fishers who use traditional fishing techniques. Typically they are poor, and are often indigenous people in the third world. Their purpose in fishing is to directly put food on the table. Occasionally, they sell excess catch in local markets. It is estimated that

there are over 200 million artisanal fishers in the world. These fishers provide the primary protein source for over 1.5 billion people. It is also estimated that artisanal fisheries represent 96% of all fisheries, though they account for only 58% of the total catch. In this documentary both academics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as well as artisanal fishers in Belize are interviewed. Key issues such as overfishing, why artisanal fishers choose the life they have chosen, and what can be done to improve the fisheries are presented.

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