• Decent work: freedom from modern slavery

      van der Zwan, Ment (2018)
      Only shared interest and mutual will—nationally, regionally, locally—among fishers and social partners can help achieve sustainable fisheries
    • Disaster response: being ready

      Poulain, Florence; McConney, Patrick; Charles, Terry; Monnereau, Iris (2018)
      A Fisheries and Aquaculture Response to Emergency (FARE) training, along with a Training of Trainers course, was held recently in St Georges, Grenada
    • Editorial: Build back, build forward

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2020)
      By reminding us of the connection between food, health systems, sustainable development and human rights, the global COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to build forward better. Even as we celebrate the contributions of small-scale fisheries to nutrition and food security within a rights-based framework, which is part of an ICSF campaign, we ought not to forget the context in which these are located. The global pandemic of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly referred to as COVID-19, has swung the spotlight to illness, wellness and immunity. Precisely therein lies the importance of fish as food in various contexts and for diverse actors along the marine and inland fisheries value chain.
    • Editorial: Tangled up in blue

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2020)
      Healthy oceans and coastal communities cannot exist without investments in the long-term sustainability, social development and values of small-scale fisheries.
    • ENGOs: a time for reigning in?

      Lhuilier, Gilles (2016)
      Big environmental NGOs are being ceded concessions for large protected areas of land and sea without proper monitoring, control and enforcement.
    • Environmental NGOs: Amplifying fishers’ voices

      Rife, Alexis; Khazali, Muhammad; Paula, Williams; Varas, José Luis García; Ruiter, Pamela (2019)
      Environmental non-governmental organizations can work in partnership with fishing communities to secure vibrant fishing communities and thriving marine ecosystems. Abundant, biodiverse oceans and increased food and prosperity for small-scale fisheries are within our reach. There is an incredible groundswell of people and organizations working to realize the vision set forth in the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines), with small-scale fishing communities taking the lead in designing and implementing solutions. Environmental NGOs, including the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), share the vision of thriving, healthy oceans and small-scale fisheries that provide sustainable and stable livelihoods for coastal communities, essential nutrients and a secure source of food for millions. Much has already been accomplished, yet it is clear that in order to achieve widespread impact, more could be done to amplify the efforts already underway by fishing communities.
    • Europe: new, but long overdue

      O’Riordan, Brian (2016)
      Small-scale fishers in Europe have established a low-impact fishing platform to further fishing in a sustainable and socially and economically viable manner....
    • Fiji: women, entry points for gender

      Vunisea, Aliti (2017)
      Participation of women in the fisheries sector of Fiji throws up several challenges, especially in the search for potential entry points for gender integration and positive discrimination.
    • Film festival: cinema and resistance

      Sann, Alain Le (2018)
      This year the Pêcheurs du Monde film festival, which turns 10, was held between 19 and 25 March 2018, in Lorient, France. Filmmakers have always been fascinated by the sea, and the lives and work of fishermen. In the course of its 10 editions, the Pêcheurs du Monde (Fishers of the World) film festival has screened hundreds of films of all kinds – features, documentaries, reports, etc. Each year, the festival gives audiences the opportunity to rediscover exceptional achievements in cinema on fishers, both new and old, giving visibility to the forgotten individuals and communities who strive to protect the oceans.
    • Film festival: The many lives of fishers

      Le Sann, Alain (2019)
      With over 40 films from 16 countries, the Pêcheurs du Monde film festival reminds us that despite the severity of various crises facing fishers, there are still signs of hope. The 11th Festival Pêcheurs du Monde was held at Lorient in France under a renewed team. It kept its promise of quality audience and quality films. The festival, once again, showed that it could address questions about fishing with high-quality films, many of which had never before been screened in France. The theme of the lives of fishers and their communities highlighted remarkable films that often go unnoticed at more general festivals. The Lorient festival thus plays an important role in making French audiences discover heartfelt award-winning foreign films that depict the lives of fishers.
    • 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.
    • Films: life afloat

      Sann, Alain Le (2017)
      As always, the 2017 edition of the Pêcheurs du Monde film festival in Lorient, France, showcased examples of the courage, resistance and resilience of fishing communities.
    • Fish trade: needed, a new paradigm

      D’Andrea, Mariaeleonora (2017)
      Ensuring social sustainability in fish trade for small-scale fishers entails recognizing their economic contribution, and devoting public resources for policy.
    • Fisheries policy: Chewing the policy cud

      Kelkar, Nachiket (2020)
      Reflections on the ICSF workshop and recommendations to India’s draft National Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy (NIFAP), September 2019. The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) organized a national workshop to discuss the draft National Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy (NIFAP), being finalized by India’s Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. The main objectives of the workshop, held in Kolkata on September 6-7, 2019, were to review existing social and ecological knowledge-gaps, to develop long-term and short-term recommendations—action points—for implementation, to integrate the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines) with NIFAP, and to build capacity and awareness of fishers and fishworkers about the draft policy and its realization.
    • Fisheries: Leaving none behind

      Kurien, John (2020)
      Artisanal fishers’ experiential knowledge contains qualities that can help the world face some of its most difficult problems including climate change. We need to value their wisdom.
    • Fishing communities: the course of the fishing life

      Gustavsson, Madeleine (2018)
      Social contexts inevitably influence entry into the occupation and how fishing lives are shaped by the unfolding of non-fishing identities. Temporal perspectives can help us understand what it means to be a fisher – including the importance of social contexts for entering the occupation and how non-fishing identities shape the unfolding of fishing lives.
    • Food security: CSO declaration

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2016)
      Small farmers, agriworkers, fishworkers, pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, consumers, NGOs, women and youth from Europe and Central Asia speak out.
    • France: A richness of exchanges

      Sann, Alain Le (2020)
      For the 21st year running, the Collectif Pêche & Développement celebrated world Fisheries Day (November 21, 1997) at a symposium organized with UBS university and student participants on the theme ‘Recognizing fishers’ knowledge’. There is a trend towards the marginalization of fishermen, as highlighted in a statement to the European Commissioner for the Oceans: “Fisheries... is absent from the European Commission’s strategy to ensure the growth of the blue economy”... and “sustainable fisheries and fishing communities are likely to be the losers.” A student from Djibouti named Djoumah Ali observed: “It is not a question of denouncing all the measures or activities related to the blue economy but of taking into account the fishermen’s opinions. This is not really the case today at the international level in the debates on the future of the oceans.”
    • From rhetoric to reality

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (2018)
      As the implementation of the SSF Guidelines gets under way, it is imperative to lobby for policies and processes that will empower small-scale fishing communities. The Thirty-third Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), held in Rome in July 2018, proved to be a watershed for small-scale fisheries.
    • Gender: A platform for women

      Nayak, Nalini (2020)
      Women in fisheries can utilize the SSF Guidelines to advance their interests, even as they relate to one another and build up solidarity and a common vision. In India, in 2016, the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) had organized a large national workshop to discuss the provisions of the SSF Guidelines with women in fisheries from various states (provinces). A follow-up workshop was organized in August 2019, this time focusing on states where women are better organized, in order to help them take the discussion towards concrete action. This was also in the backdrop of the National Policy on Marine Fisheries (NPMF), which was notified in late 2017 by the Government of India. It was deemed necessary to understand whether or not there was convergence of this national policy with the provisions of the SSF Guidelines.