Inland fisheries – defined as freshwater fisheries in lakes, rivers, and the supporting estuaries – provide food and income security to tens of millions of people around the world. A new study by Secure Fisheries’ Sarah Glaser and colleagues from the group InFish emphasizes that including inland fisheries in national policy statements and programs can promote economic and social growth for the poor, prevent further poverty, and improve community resilience. The United Nations’ (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development defines the formidable challenge of integrating historically separate economic, social, and environmental goals into a unified ‘plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity.’ Inland fisheries are often overlooked, but they are important tools for achieving Sustainable Development Goal targets. The article is accompanied by an interactive, online Story Map that features case studies of inland fishery systems around the world.
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