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Food security challenged by declining efficiencies of artisanal fishing fleets: a global country-level analysis


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Tidd, AN, Rousseau, Y ORCID: 0000-0003-0765-7518, Ojea, E, Watson, RA ORCID: 0000-0001-7201-8865 and Blanchard, JL ORCID: 0000-0003-0532-4824 2022 , 'Food security challenged by declining efficiencies of artisanal fishing fleets: a global country-level analysis' , Global Food Security, vol. 32 , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100598.

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Global capture fisheries are a vital global food provisioning to help end hunger and malnutrition. To ensure that global seafood supply sustainably supports a growing population, many initiatives within the UN Sustainable-Development-Goals seek to balance management with efficient resource use. Here we examine changes for 150 countries that represent over 98% of global catch for the 1950–2014 period by analysing multiple fleet outputs relative to inputs (such as vessel power) using data envelopment analysis. We show that country specific technical efficiency has declined at rates of −3% yr−1 for artisanal and industrial fleets in 44 and 49 countries respectively. Recent global artisanal fleet (2010–2014 average) declines of −0.2%yr−1 show losses that translates to ∼71400t posing serious implications for sustainable food security and vulnerable livelihoods in the face of climate change.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tidd, AN and Rousseau, Y and Ojea, E and Watson, RA and Blanchard, JL
Keywords: food security, climate change, harvest efficiency, global fisheries, technical efficiency, fisheries, global change, data envelopment analysis, sustainable development
Journal or Publication Title: Global Food Security
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
ISSN: 2211-9124
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100598
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© 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license (

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