Improve fairness and equity of policy decisions

When we look at impacts of climate change on fisheries through an equity and fairness lens, society can develop higher-leverage, more impactful and more sustainable solutions. By building fisheries management in a way that promotes fairness and equity, the world can foster social resilience, which in turn will help support the transformative change necessary to create thriving fisheries and fishing communities in the future.

Supporting Case Study


The inequities potentially created by changing fishery opportunities resulting from climate change and the social problems created by actual or perceived unfairness are illustrated by the recent civil unrest in Chile over the sharing of the Humboldt squid resource (a fishery resource that has been changing its geographic range). In response to policy decisions regarded as unfair, some segments of the fishing industry engaged in civil unrest that caused disruptions in some of Chile’s largest cities. Policymakers have since addressed this problem successfully by reversing their earlier decision, but it remains a clear example of how fairness and equity considerations in one segment of the ocean economy can impact society broadly.

Learn more here: Climate-resilient fisheries require fairness and equity

Important dimensions of equity in fisheries

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