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small-scale fishery
(English) Artisanal fishery, a fishery involving skilled but non-industrialized operators; typically a small-scale, decentralized operation; normally a subsistence fishery although sometimes the catch may be sold. Usually fishing trips are short and inshore and fishing vessels are small but in developed countries may apply to trawlers, seiners or longliners. Limits of small and large scale fisheries vary between countries and fisheries. Also called small scale producer.

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