Recent Submissions

  • Samudra Report No.86, November 2021

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)India, 2021-11)
    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has just published the latest issue of SAMUDRA Report, its triannual journal on fisheries, communities and livelihoods. The current edition, SAMUDRA Report No. 86, dated November 2021, features a range of articles from Africa, Asia and South America, specifically from Ghana, Kenya, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh and Chile. The issue also carries an analysis of the Blue Economy and small-scale fisheries, as well as articles on the UN Food Systems Summit. An obituary notice celebrates the life of Brazilian fisheries engineer and researcher Fábio Hissa Vieira Hazin, who succumbed to COVID-19 on 8 June 2021, World Oceans Day. The editorial Comment in SAMUDRA Report No. 86 argues that negotiations on subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) should lead to an agreement whose primary goal is transparency and universality in fisheries conservation and management measures.
  • Samudra Report No.85, May 2021

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)India, 2021-05)
    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has just published the latest issue of SAMUDRA Report, its triannual journal on fisheries, communities and livelihoods. The current edition, SAMUDRA Report No. 85, dated May 2021, features a range of articles from Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, specifically from Turkey, Cambodia, South Africa, Brazil, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mozambique, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, India, France, the Philippines, Brazil and Thailand. The issue also carries articles that analyze the Blue Economy, destructive fishing, small-scale fisheries (SSF) and the SSF Guidelines, among other topics. The current issue has three articles on food security (from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Cambodia) and five articles on social development and sustainable fisheries (from Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines and Thailand). The editorial Comment in SAMUDRA Report No. 85 discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the global inadequacy of social-protection floors in safeguarding marginalized communities, in the process exacerbating poverty and vulnerability.
  • Yemaya No. 63, May 2021

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)India, 2021-05)
    Yemaya No. 63, dated May 2021, features articles from US, The Netherlands, Myanmar, Senegal, and an article on women in fisheries and human rights. The article from the US by Linda Behnken argues that a growing coalition of small-scale, community-based fishers is calling for the recognition and protection of Alaska’s invaluable coastal fisheries during COVID-19. The article from the Netherlands by Cornelie Quist looks at the challenges facing women engaged in small-scale fishing and supplying fish through retailers and how they found new ways to directly reach consumers. The conversation between Miranda Bout and Cornelie Quist focuses on how they combined new product development with the use of social media to contact their customer base during the pandemic-induced disruption of traditional marketing chains. The article by Elena Finkbeiner, Juno Fitzpatrick and Whitney Yadao-Evans looks at recent media revelations and scientific research that have brought increased attention to human-rights violations and the myriad social issues facing fisheries, but with a disproportionate focus on labour-rights violations at sea and in industrial fishing operations. The systemic inequalities combined with the effects of COVID-19 exacerbated vulnerabilities of women to health risks, food and livelihood security. The article from Senegal by Aby Dia from Lumière Synergie pour le Développement (LSD), in collaboration with WoMin African Alliance, South Africa, narrates the story of traditional women fish processors from the Bargny who have been, for more than a decade, struggling against development projects that jeopardise their environment, health and livelihoods. In order to preserve their livelihoods, women processors in Senegal have come together to oppose the Tosyali steel project. The European Network of Women in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Europe (AKTEA) urges the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries to integrate gender into all aspects of European fishing policy. The Profile column looks at how Linda Behnken became a fisher in Alaska and how fishing has shaped her individuality and work. Natalie Sattler says that fishing for halibut, sablefish and salmon from the sparkling waters of the Pacific along with her children and at the same time passion for working with the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust is an immense challenge.
  • Yemaya No. 64, November 2021

    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)India, 2021-11)
    The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has released the latest edition of Yemaya, its newsletter on gender and fisheries. Yemaya No. 64, dated November 2021, features articles from Sri Lanka, The Gambia, Gender dialogue took place in Central America, issues of gender seafood industry, meditative reflection on gender equity and social justice from India, and posters released on World fisheries day from Brazil, Ghana, The Netherlands, and Thailand.
  • 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 (https://covid.icsf.net) 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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.

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