Promoting Small-Scale Sustainable Fisheries in Salento

ASCOMARE is working on a new exciting project “Promoting Small-Scale Sustainable Fisheries in Salento”

The project will provide a valuable tool to identify challenges and opportunities for the Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) sector operating in the sub-region of Salento, Apulia, Italy.

ASCOMARE will be working closely with SSF key stakeholders to gather meaningful insights from these communities to understand the level of sustainability of the fisheries practices employed in Salento.

According to FAO’s report on State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2020, small-scale and artisanal fisheries contribute about half of global fish catches, employing over 90% of the world’s fishery workers, half of them being women.

In the Mediterranean Sea, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) indicates how the small-scale fleet represents 83% of the total sub-regional fishing fleet; with Italy ranking second, after Turkey, in the list of countries of the GFCM zone for capture fisheries production (about 185.300 tonnes in 2014-2016).

Enhancing data collection on the current status of small-scale fisheries (SSF) and engaging with SSF stakeholders is paramount to ensure sustainable development and food security in Italy, as well as in the whole Mediterranean, especially where the small-scale fishing sector supports livelihoods within coastal communities. The sub-region of Salento, bordering some of the most important fishing grounds of the Eastern Mediterranean sea, is an important SSF hotspot in that respect.

In light of the above, the project aims to gather information related to the functioning of SSF, with focus on issues concerning workforce and operations. The findings will be presented in a comprehensive report to enhance knowledge and promote sustainable practices for SSF in Salento, Apulia, Italy.

The project will also contribute to achieving the target 14.b.1 set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requiring States to promote the development of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework for SSF.

For more information on the project activities, or to support the work of ASCOMARE, please reach out to us at

Project statusongoing.

Contact person: Filippo Piluso

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