Millions of people in the Asian region depend on fisheries for a living,
and the sector is a major source of food security, employment, income and foreign exchange.

Backgrounder

Preferential Access Rights to Small-Scale Fisheries to the EEZ: A Win-Win Option for Equity with Effective Fisheries Management?

A Discussion Note

Sebastian Mathew, Programme Advisor, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers

The small-scale and artisanal fisheries sector is an important source of employment, income and food security, particularly for the poor, in many Asian countries. This discussion note explores the policy space for recognizing the preferential rights of small?scale and artisanal fisheries in Asia to fishery resources of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), within the framework of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS or, now more commonly, LOSC), the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA) and the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). It reviews the status of marine fishery resources and fishery conservation and management measures in the Asian context and proposes workable options for achieving greater equity with effective fisheries management.