IHH Project- Spain

FAO - Illuminating Hidden Harvest Spain
Funding Agency: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Period: January- June 2019 (6 months)
Principal investigators: Elena Ojea (UVigo), Gonzalo Macho
Research Team: researchers of University of Vigo, University of Santiago de Compostela, University of Oviedo and University of Alicante, WWF-Spain, Soldecocos (Sociedad para el Desarrollo de las Comunidades Costeras) and GEN-GOB Eivissa.

Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) is a global study coordinated by FAO, WorldFish and Duke University. IHH aims to highlight the role that small-scale fisheries (SSF) play in achieving sustainable development goals. Specifically, the purpose of IHH is to quantify the contributions of SSF to the three dimensions of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental), including aspects related to nutrition and governance.

It is within this context that the Future Oceans Lab together with the SSF expert Gonzalo Macho are conducting a case study in Spain to collate, collect and analyze the best available data and information on SSF.  Novel data on artisanal fisheries in the different coastal regions of Spain will be gathered together for the first time, thanks to a network of collaborators. The goal of this collection and analysis is to understand what is the contribution of SSF to the environment, socioeconomics and the well-being of our communities.

The specific objectives of the work in Spain are:

  • To establish a network of SSF experts in Spain to collaborate in the project, based on previous existing networks;
  • To reach the national and regional administration for finer scale data on SSF;
  • To identify data sources for SSF statistics and identify data gaps.

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