Artisanal fishing

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Stilts fishermen, Sri Lanka

Artisanal fishing (or traditional/subsistence fishing) are various small-scale, low-technology, low-capital, fishing practices undertaken by individual fishing households (as opposed to commercial companies).[1] Many of these households are of coastal or island ethnic groups. These households make short (rarely overnight) fishing trips close to the shore. Their produce is usually not processed and is mainly for local consumption. Artisan fishing uses traditional fishing techniques such as rod and tackle, fishing arrows and harpoons, cast nets, and small (if any) traditional fishing boats.

Artisan fishing may be undertaken for both commercial and subsistence reasons. It contrasts with large-scale modern commercial fishing practices in that it is often less wasteful and less stressful on fish populations than modern industrial fishing.

Due to its diffuse nature, the total volume and economic benefit of artisanal fishing is poorly documented but may be approximately equal to that of industrial fishing.[2]

Artisan fishing boats

Artisan techniques

See also


  1. ^ Garcia, S.M. (2009). "Glossary". In Cochrane, K.; Garcia, S.M. A fishery managers handbook. FAO and Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 473–505. 
  2. ^ Catherine Roween C. Almaden (April 2017). Carayannis, Elias G., ed. "A Case Study on the Socio-Economic Conditions of the Artisanal Fisheries in the Cagayan De Oro River". International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD). IGI Global. 8 (2). ISBN 9781522514206. doi:10.4018/IJSESD.2017040102. 


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