Transformation of Chilean fisheries

New transformational changes in governance are urgently required to cope with overfishing, pollution, climate change and other drivers of degradation in the marine environment.

M. Hintsa/Flickr

M. Hintsa/Flickr

New transformational changes in governance are urgently required to cope with overfishing, pollution, climate change and other drivers of degradation in the marine environment. One example arose when fisheries collapses and the move to democracy in Chile after a 17-year dictatorship, quite by chance, opened the way for reforms and new laws that excluded large industrial fishing fleets and gave exclusive ocean territories to local ‘artisanal’ fishers.  Scientists and the small fishers then worked out a shared vision and voluntary agreements on how to manage these territories.