Between uncertainty and hope: Young leaders as agents of change in sustainable small-scale fisheries

Alejandro Espinoza-Tenorio, Romana Gabriela Ehuan-Noh, Gabriela Alejandra Cuevas-Gómez, Nemer E. Narchi, Dora Elia Ramos-Muñoz, Francisco J. Fernández-Rivera Melo, Antonio Saldívar-Moreno, José Alberto Zepeda-Domínguez, Juan Carlos Pérez-Jiménez, Alma Oliveto-Andrade, Jorge Torre

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The path to sustainable small-scale fisheries (SSF) is based on multiple learning processes that must transcend generational changes. To understand young leaders from communities with sustainable SSF management practices in Mexico, we used in-depth interviews to identify their shared motivations and perceptions for accepting their fishing heritage. These possible future decision-makers act as agents of change due to their organizational and technological abilities. However, young people are currently at a crossroads. Many inherited a passion for the sea and want to improve and diversify the fishing sector, yet young leaders do not want to accept a legacy of complicated socioenvironmental conditions that can limit their futures. These future leaders are especially concerned by the uncertainty caused by climate change. If fishing and generational change are not valued in planning processes, the continuity of fisheries, the success of conservation actions, and the lifestyles of young fishers will remain uncertain. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1287-1301
Number of pages15
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022


  • Future
  • Influential youth
  • Leadership
  • Social learning
  • Social network
  • Sustainability process


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