Recent Submissions

  • Profile: adding value to fish: Lovin Kobusingye is not just a successful woman entrepreneur in Uganda but an influential voice in shaping pan-African fisheries policies

    Kasozi, Nasser (2020)
    Lovin Kobusingye is a well-known young woman fish entrepreneur working in Central Uganda’s Wakiso District. For over eight years, she, along with her two partners and over a thousand other fish farmers, has worked on fish processing and value addition. At the same time, she has persistently lobbied the government to support women-led entrepreneurship through an enabling policy framework designed to protect women in fisheries activities both in Uganda and, at a higher level, throughout Africa.
  • Milestones: pulled backward

    Lakshmi, Ahana (2020)
    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SDG 5. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. How has progress towards this end been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? A new report, the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020, released in July by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presents an overview of progress towards the SDGs before the pandemic started, but it also looks at some of the devastating initial impacts of COVID-19 on specific goals and targets. We focus here on SDG 5: Gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • What’s new, webby?: covering COVID-19

    Roshan, Manas (2020)
    Since its outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, COVID-19 has spread to 202 countries and territories, leading to 14,508,892 confirmed cases and 606,206 deaths as on 20 July, 2020. ICSF SAMUDRA and DC daily news alerts have tracked the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on fisheries value chains since the early stages of the pandemic. Launched in May, ICSF’s new website ( has drawn on these news alerts and information from ICSF’s networks of members and partners to map the effects of lockdown restrictions, closure of markets and restaurants, and changes in demand and supply of fish and fish products around the world.
  • Brazil: fishing for crustaceans

    Ferreira, Beatriz Mesquita Pedrosa (2020)
    This photo-essay depicts the practice of aratu fishing carried out by women in the mangroves of northeastern Brazil. Aratu (Goniopsis cruentata) are small, reddish crustaceans that live on the branches of mangroves. They are processed and sold, the sweetness of the meat making them a prized delicacy. Aratu fishing is carried out mostly by women, for whom it is a source of income, allowing them to get by without formal employment, and offering a certain freedom in their lives. Unlike the crab, the aratu is a fast breeder but both types of crustaceans have their own pros and cons. “If aratu bred like crab, there wouldn’t be much to pick since there are a lot of people fishing. We’re lucky that it reproduces fast. Crab is less labour intensive and fetches more money. Aratu has to be picked before it is sold; crab doesn’t need any such processing”
  • Mexico: pandemic outcomes

    López-Ercilla, Inés; Torre, Jorge; Solano, Neyra; Fernández, Francisco (2020)
    Women in the small scale fishing sector in Mexico are key drivers ensuring food security and community wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have surpassed all imaginable scenarios. The global crisis moves fast and changes quickly, hence forcing people to adapt and navigate through uncertainty as never before. Every generation faces impacts that shake their minds and force them to leave their comfort zone. This is an impact for a lifetime, for current and new generations. Other shocks have posed risks to fisheries before; some of them being global (climate change), regional (overfishing) or even local (illegal fishing, poverty, poor fishing management tools, lack of enforcement), to name only a few. However, the impact of the current pandemic greatly eclipses these in terms of scale and outcome.
  • Brazil: reaching out, holding hands

    França, Lorena; Silva, Luclécia Cristina Morais da; Ferreira, Beatriz Mesquita Pedrosa (2020)
    The President of the Association of Indigenous Communities of the Middle Negro River (ACIMRN), Sandra Gomes, speaks about the challenges indigenous communities face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Negro River in the Amazon region is the largest black water river in the world. Its basin area of approximately 750,000 sq. km accounts for seven percent of the total area of the Amazon basin, and its length from pre-Andean Colombia to its mouth, is approximately 1,700 km, making it the Amazon’s largest tributary.
  • Samudra Revista Núm. 83, Septiembre 2020

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)Chennai, India, 2020)
    Publicación virtual de un nuevo número de la Revista SAMUDRA en castellano. El último número de la Revista SAMUDRA, publicación cuatrimestral del Colectivo Internacional de Apoyo al Pescador Artesanal (CIAPA), se encuentra disponible en lengua española en:
  • Indonesia: yielding ground

    Fitriana, Ria; Kurupat, Maria (2020)
    Changing land use patterns threaten the livelihood of female crab collectors in Merauke, Papua, Indonesia
  • Gender: small-scale fisheries and food security

    Franz, Nicole (2020)
    A brief overview of relevant global findings and processes on the contributions of small-scale fisheries and rights to food and nutrition security, with a focus on the FAO
  • Indonesia: coping with COVID

    Adhuri, Dedi Supriadi (2020)
  • Samudra Revue, No.83, septembre 2020

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)Chennai, India, 2020)
    Le nouveau numéro de la revue SAMUDRA - publication quadrimestrielle du Collectif international d’appui à la pêche artisanale (ICSF) - est disponible en ligne sur. Il s’agit d’un numéro spécial qui vient s’ajouter à la campagne de l’ICSF visant à bien mettre en évidence tout ce qu’apporte la pêche artisanale en matière de nutrition et de sécurité alimentaire dans une démarche fondée sur le respect des droits humains. Comme le relève l’éditorial, la pandémie de Covid-19 « nous rappelle les liens forts qui existent entre notre alimentation et nos systèmes de santé, entre le développement durable et les droits humains. Le Covid-19 sera-t-il l’occasion de repartir de l’avant en mieux ? »
  • Yemaya Revista Del CIAPA Sobre El Genero en La Pesca, Núm. 61, Agosto 2020

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)Chennai, India, 2020)
    Publicación virtual de un nuevo número de Yemaya, la revista del CIAPA sobre el género en la pesca, en castellano. El último número de Yemaya (núm.61), la revista del Colectivo Internacional de Apoyo al Pescador Artesanal (CIAPA) sobre temas de género en la pesca, publicado en inglés en agosto de 2020, se encuentra ahora disponible también en lengua española en:
  • Yemaya Bulletin de l'ICSF sur les Questions de Genre dans la Peche, Número 61, agosto de 2020

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)Chennai, India, 2020)
    L’ICSF vient également de publier le no 61 du bulletin YEMAYA sur les questions de genre dans la pêche: Les articles viennent du Brésil, du Costa Rica, de la France, de l’Inde, de l’Indonésie, du Mexique, du Sénégal. L’éditorial traite de pêches artisanales et sécurité alimentaire. Et une série de photos illustre la pêche au petit crabe Aratu dans les mangroves brésiliennes.
  • Samudra Report No.84, December 2020

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)Chennai, India, 2020)
    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has just published the latest issue of SAMUDRA Report, its triannual journal on fisheries, communities and livelohoods. The current edition, SAMUDRA Report No. 84, dated December 2020, features a range of articles from countries around the world like Peru, Kiribati, Belize, France, the Philippines, Brazil, Ghana, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.The issue also carries articles that discuss small-scale fisheries (SSF) and the SSF Guidelines, the ocean economy, tourism and labour rights, among other topics.
  • Yemaya No.62, December 2020

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)Chennai, India, 2020)
    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has released the latest edition of Yemaya, its newsletter on gender and fisheries.Yemaya No. 62, dated December 2020, features articles from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Ghana, Mexco and the conversation between Meryl Williams, Danika Klieber and Kate Bevitt.The article from Bangladesh by Md. Mujibul Haque Munir reveals that women in Bangladesh’s coastal fishing continue to remain largely unrecognized and that urgent steps are needed to rectify this situation.The article from Myanmar by Angela Lentisco looks at the challenge of FAO’s FishAdapt project in strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of fisheries -and aquaculture dependent livelihoods and limited opportunity to work as wage labour in the commercial fishing business.The article from Ghana by Naana Nkansah Agyekum looks at the gradual transformation of the ahotor oven which represents an improvement on the widely used chorkor smoke. The ahotor oven is energy efficient and helps women fish processors reduce the quantity of firewood in smoking fish.The conversation between Kate Bevitt, Danika Kleiber and Meryl Williams focuses on the collaborative study, Illuminating Hidden Harvests. The conversation highlights the under recognition and under reporting of women’s work.
  • France: fishing in troubled waters

    Yhuel-Bertin, Emmanuelle; Sann, Danièle Le (2020)
    The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on a small-scale fishing in Lorient is vividly captured in the pages of a diary maintained by a gillnetter skipper’s spouse. In March 2020, Emmanuelle Yheul-Bertin, wife of a gillnet skipper who runs a 13-metre gillnetter vessel with four men on board, began recording the experiences of skipper and crew during the COVID-19 lockdown. Her diary covers the period from mid-March to early May. The first entry signals a gathering cloud of anxieties. “The media is reporting lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID,” writes Emmanuelle, “but the artisanal fishery in Lorient is yet to recover from the impact of the winter’s numerous storms.”
  • Roundup: News, events, briefings and more

    International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2020)
    The Roundup includes recent publications, films added to our Documentation centre, meetings coming up, websites which are important to small-scale fisheries, flashback of editorial from old issues of Samudra report related to the theme and Endquote from the world of literature related to fisheries.
  • Film review: hope, despair, courage

    Sann, Alain Le (2020)
    An award-winning film, made on a tight budget, captures in powerful images the complexities of small-scale fishers and fish processors in West Africa. I’m in search of happiness. That’s how a young Guinean surprises us in the smoky atmosphere of a sardinella smoking oven in Casamance, Senegal, in a sequence from the film Poisson d’or, poisson africain. Thomas Grand and his friend Moussa Diop show us the price to pay for trying to make a living on this bustling beach. They give us a scalpel-sharp analysis of the complex realities of a temporary community that brings together, for six months of the year, men, women and children from all over West Africa, around the exploitation of fish.

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