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Sustainable fisheries

Sustainable fisheries refer to the responsible management of aquatic resources to ensure their long-term health and productivity. This involves maintaining a balance between the needs of the ecosystem, the needs of the fishing industry, and the needs of the communities that rely on these resources.

Sustainable fisheries practices involve a variety of measures, including:

  1. Regulating fishing activity: This includes setting catch limits, controlling the fishing effort, and enforcing regulations to prevent overfishing and depletion of fish stocks.

  2. Protecting sensitive habitats: This includes protecting and conserving critical habitats such as coral reefs, estuaries, and wetlands.

  3. Monitoring and research: This includes monitoring fish populations and ecosystems, conducting research on the impacts of fishing, and using science-based approaches to inform management decisions.

  4. Supporting sustainable livelihoods: This involves promoting sustainable fishing practices and supporting the livelihoods of local communities that depend on fishing.

  5. Reducing waste and bycatch: This involves minimizing the waste and bycatch associated with fishing activities, such as discarding unwanted fish and other marine species.

Overall, sustainable fisheries aim to ensure that aquatic resources are conserved and managed in a way that allows for long-term ecological, social, and economic benefits.

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