Seafood Supply Chain Mapping in Costa Rica
A growing global demand for seafood coupled with a pattern of overexploited fisheries worldwide implies livelihood stress for fishermen, retailers, and consumers. There is a need for novel approaches to encourage legal fishing and meet the increasing demand for sustainably caught fish. This project will explore fishery dynamics and seafood supply chains in Costa Rica. The project will focus on how small scale fishing communities can sell their legal catches to large retailers, which have promised to support sustainable fisheries through their purchasing policies. This project seeks to assess the feasibility of linking small-scale fishers with these large retailers, and therefore provide incentives for small-scale fishers to adopt sustainable practices and catch legal fish – such a partnership would benefit the fishermen by providing a secure source of income, and would also benefit large retailers by linking them to a supply of sustainable seafood.
The group is focusing on two fisheries -- nearshore corvina and pelagic mahi-mahi -- because of their commercial importance and Conservation International’s connection to communities that fish these two species.