Gina Green: Understand communities to better manage fish stocks

Gina Green (Tetra Tech): Better management needed to establish sustainable fisheries

With dwindling wild fish stocks worldwide, can we realistically depend on fisheries as a resource for long-term food security?

In this video interview, Devex senior reporter Michael Igoe asked Gina Green, senior associate with Tetra Tech, who pointed out that now it’s even more essential to determine what’s the state of coastal fisheries — rather than industrial fishing — which many developing countries depend on to feed their people.

She stressed how trying to understand what these communities need from international aid efforts on ocean conservation is an information gathering challenge — especially how to filter that information to know how to best manage those marine resources.

Gina Green (Tetra Tech): Using mobile technology to benefit sustainable fishery practices

One innovation that is currently being applied in this sector is mobile technology and the Internet to figure out how many fishermen and boats are actually going out to sea, as well as reporting illegal fishing.

The challenge, Green pointed out, is how to harness that information and use it to promote sustainable fishing practices.

Click on the above clip to learn more insights from the Tetra Tech specialist, for instance on applying modern technology to connect local fishermen with markets to sell their product.

Want to learn more? Check out Feeding Development's campaign site and tweet us using #FeedingDev.

Feeding Development is an online conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, Chemonics, Fintrac, GAIN, Nestlé and Tetra Tech to reimagine solutions for a food-secure future from seed and soil to a healthy meal.

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