In many developing nations across the Indo-Pacific region, people depend heavily upon small-scale coastal fisheries for nutrition, food security and livelihoods. The Fish in Sustainable Food Systems program aims to improve the wellbeing of those people.
Coastal fisheries are crucial to the health and well-being of many communities so it's important that these resources are managed sustainably. Indeed, they are an important source of food, income and cultural identity for Pacific Islanders. Traditional practices are still used extensively by coastal communities.
The Australian National Center for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong offers education and training on ocean law, Fisheries Policy and management.
The multi-disciplinary group works in close partnership with national fisheries agencies in the region. Indeed, ANCORS work with the Vanuatu Fisheries Department to gather research that will help to support those traditional practices through community-based approaches.