Latin America is home to some of the most diverse and productive marine ecosystems in the world. Millions of people across the region rely on fisheries for their livelihoods and depend on seafood as a primary source of protein. At the same time, the region's marine resources face increasing sustainability challenges, ultimately posing risk to the well-being of coastal communities.
The LAFF Network tackled these challenges through working to: 1) foster cross-sector collaboration, 2) forge cooperation amongst countries, 3) align incentives for long-term resource sustainability, 4) increase equality in resrouce management decision-making processes, and 5) elevate the importance of fisheries to policy makers.
*FAO (2014) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture; Photo: Van Dyck