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Environmental Defense Fund's Sustainable Fisheries Toolkit is the leading online resource for science-based information on rights-based management. No single organization in the world has invested more time or resources on rights-based management or education. Use the filters below to explore EDF’s fishery tools, manuals, case studies, academic studies, reports, and activities.

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  • The Framework for Integrated Stock and Habitat Evaluation (FISHE) is a step-by-step process for providing scientific guidance for the management of data-limited fisheries.
  • Although billions of dollars of investment go into fisheries every year, very little is directed to making fishing more sustainable. Access tools and resources for investors and others interested in attracting new and more sustainable private capital to support the transition to sustainable fisheries globally.
  • Successful fisheries management is dependent upon timely data collection and analysis. A guide to evaluate, design and implement an effective fishery monitoring program that incorporates electronic monitoring and electronic reporting tools.
  • Strong and well-designed fisheries law and policy and an effective governance system are critical to ensuring durable sustainable fisheries. This tool helps determine the efficacy, strengths and weaknesses of fisheries policy and the governance system.
  • This User Guide accompanies the Fishery Policy & Governance Analysis. Download this User Guide for detailed instructions on using the Tool.
  • Building familiarity with the basic characteristics of a fishery, such as information on the ecosystem, species landed and sociocultural characteristics of nearby communities, is critical to understanding fishery context. This tool is used to collect general information and contextual data from sites before the design and implementation phases.
  • Currently there is a strong interest in Cuba in improving the performance of the fisheries sector with respect to social, biological, and economic outcomes. The current fishing pressure could have adverse impacts on other valuable ecosystem services that support economic activities such as dive tourism and recreational fishing. This paper explores the potential ecological, social, and economic benefits of adopting fishery cooperatives as a co-management scheme for Cuba's marine fisheries.
  • Cooperative catch shares can be used to meet specific fishery goals in a wide variety of situations. This article, by T. Deacon, provides an overview of the harvester cooperative as a fishery management option and found that cooperative systems can achieve goals that can’t be reached through the use of any single instrument.
  • Many tools have been developed to support measuring and evaluating fishery performance. The Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), developed by Anderson et al.*, are a flexible assessment tool designed to assess the state of individual fisheries in terms of ecological, economic and social performance. The FPIs can build a holistic understanding of the performance of a fishery and the communities it supports.
  • Many tools have been developed to support measuring and evaluating fishery performance. The Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), developed by Anderson et al.*, are a flexible assessment tool designed to assess the state of individual fisheries in terms of ecological, economic and social performance. The FPIs can build a holistic understanding of the performance of a fishery and the communities it supports.

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