Artisanal fishing as labor
Researchers, local entities and international organizations such as FAO agree: Artisanal fishing is both powerfully sustainable and highly relevant. In a broad sense, this activity is fundamental for local development because it provides rural populations with livelihoods, generates identity and culture, and transmits this knowledge to society.
Biologist and researcher Martín Laporta maintains that "with a good regulatory framework and good practices, artisanal fishing is an adequate exploitation solution, compatible with the maintenance of ecosystems." Even with a smaller catch, artisanal fishing "is more equitable in its distribution: It generates more jobs than an industrial vessel. For example, with 30 kilos of high quality catch, a small-scale fisherman can employ seven peelers, and his spouse can be in charge of the first point of sale of the shrimp."
In addition, not-so-visible aspects of the infrastructure, such as the monitoring of coastal ecosystems, are linked to fishing activities. Artisanal fishermen are a key element of the scientific community: "From the point of view of research in Uruguay, it would be very difficult to know what we have in our ocean, on our coast, resources and diversity, if there were no fishing."