Miguel Lorenzi


Office: International Coastal Network IIC3063

Telephone: 864-8019
Email: mlorenzi@mun.ca


Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

Title of Project:

Architecture of small-scale fishing boats: keeping sustainability afloat

Research Project Description:

In recent decades, fisheries have been going through major changes. Following the large social movement of 19th and 20th centuries towards an industrialized society, the fisheries sector began to incorporate technological innovations. New building materials, engines, and hydraulics, electronics, and propulsions systems were developed and integrated into fisheries in order to increase the fish production and met the demand of the global market. Thus, the design and characteristics of the fishing vessels have changed enormously to accommodate this process of mechanization. Resulting in the arising of small, yet somehow, industrialized fishing boats. However, the process of integration of new technologies by small fishing boats and its impact on the characteristics of the boats has been only partially blueprinted or documented leaving a major gap in knowledge about the architecture features of small-scale fishing boats and its role in promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability. The purpose of my research is to critically analyze architectural features of fishing boats in order to recommend a combination of technical characteristics capable to cluster contemporary small-scale fishing boats into a novel typology. Such categorization can help to better define small-scale fisheries sector and to enhance our understanding of the scale-related differences within the small-scale sector that can contribute to increasing sustainability in fisheries.


Teaching Assistant, Fall 2016, World Fisheries: Future Directions and Current Discourse.

Previous education:

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Hons), Unisinos University (BR), 2008
MSc Fisheries Management and Aquaculture, Universidad de Murcia (ES), 2013


Research+Development+Innovation Scholarship (ES), 2012

Research Groups:

TBTI-Too Big To Ignore

Global Partnership for Small-scale Fisheries Research

Research Interests:

Small-scale fisheries; naval architecture; Marine conservation; Technology of capture fisheries;



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