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.


  • review the experiences of traditional and modern rights-based approaches to fisheries management, and discuss their relevance and scope in the Asian context
  • contribute to improving the overall effectiveness of fisheries management by promoting responsible small-scale fisheries and the rights of small-scale fishing communities; and
  • advocate for policies that recognize the rights of fishing communities to the coastal lands and resources customarily used by them.