Espinoza-Tenorio, A, Wolff, Matthias, Espejel, I and Zepeda-Dominguez, J.A. (2018) Crisis or opportunity? A critical glimpse on the sustainability of the Mexican fisheries regime. . ZMT Policy Brief, 3 . , Bremen, 4 pp. DOI

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Seventy percent of countries worldwide whose fisheries catch more than 1,000,000 metric tons yearly are from the developing world. These massive fisheries developed rapidly since the 1970s, and current fisheries regimes had only limited time for adequate training and building institutional capacities. Thus, achieving Sustainable Fisheries Management (SFM) is an enormous challenge for those countries and involves enhancement of domestic research and management capacities. Mexico ́s case contributes to clarifying the complex situation as the local government has spearheaded SFM adoption. With almost 50 years of intensive exploitation, the domestic fisheries regime has now responded to a situation of massive overfishing through adopting an SFM regime, but without a profound and critical reflection on the contextual implications. To understand the status of the Mexican fisheries regime, the research project examined the history of the co-development of fisheries and environmental policies (1934–2009) and the academic research system supporting fisheries. The aim was to recapitulate the lessons learned during SFM adoption in Mexico in order to enhance the understanding of fisheries scientists and decision-makers of domestic conditions and challenges. Knowing that identical circumstances as in Mexico are unlikely to re-occur, and SFM is a challenge even for consolidated fishery systems in developed countries, a historical perspective traces the critical factors with sporadic or recurrent presence and variable influence on the decision-making process in Mexican fisheries.

Document Type: Report (Working Paper)
Research affiliation: Theoretical Ecology and Modelling > Resource Management
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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 13:08
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