• 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.
    • Ghana: child labour, no child’s play

      Adjei, Peter Linford (2017)
      Are current interventions far-reaching enough to tackle trafficking of child labour in Ghana’s fishery?
    • Ghana: small fish, big solution

      Adjei, Peter Linford (2020)
      Access to affordable small fish is key to achieving zero hunger and improved nutrition in Ghana’s poor urban households, a new study shows. Small fish are indeed the backbone of Ghana’s animal protein supply in the poor urban neighbourhoods of Accra (such as Nima, Chorkor, Ga Mashie and James Town) and Tamale (such as Sagnarigu, Kukoo, Sakasaka and Salamba). This is the conclusion of a recent research project called Fish4Food. The academic team behind the project drew from the University of Amsterdam (UoA), the University of Ghana (UoG) and the Kwame Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Until recently, this critical aspect was largely overlooked. The research findings demonstrate that despite the high appeal of large-sized fish–not to mention the increasingly popular farmed fish like tilapia and catfish–the urban poor prefer smaller pelagics like anchovies, herrings and mackerels.
    • Guardians of the Sea

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2018)
      The Regional Plan of Action for Small-scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea is a model for other regional fisheries management organizations. For the first time since the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines) in Rome in June 2014, a regional fisheries body has adopted a plan of action for sustainable small-scale fisheries that draws upon these Guidelines and other instruments.
    • HRBA: wicked problems

      Jentoft, Svein (2017)
      In implementing the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) in fisheries, the roles of different players need to be judiciously factored in to ensure a level playing field.
    • Human rights/sustainable oceans: a fishbowl approach

      Roshan, Manas (2018)
      In overview of the Danish Institute for Human Rights’ international expert meeting on the contribution of human rights to the sustainable development of fisheries. In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted its resolution, “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” for the overarching goal of poverty eradication and the realization of the human rights of all.
    • Human rights: slavery, don't jump ship

      Seafood Slavery Risk Tool Analyst Team (2018)
      The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool helps inform businesses about abuses of labour and human rights in their seafood supply chains.
    • ICT: extending the ripples

      Raemaekers, Serge; Sunde, Jackie (2017)
      The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help promote equitable and sustainable small-scale fisheries, a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, stressed.
    • IFISH5: connecting the dots

      Biswas, Nilanjana (2018)
      In June this year, the city of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, played host to the largest gathering of fishing, aquaculture and seafood-processing safety and health professionals: the Fifth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference (IFISH 5), the only conference dedicated to improving safety and health in the fishing industry. Held from 10 to 13 June 2018 in the picturesque campus of St. John’s Memorial University, and blessed – contrary to gloomy weather forecasts – by a few days of unexpected sunshine between rainy ones, IFISH 5 explored the latest research on occupational safety and health; discussed current fisheries policy and regulations; and showcased best practices for keeping workers safe and healthy.
    • ILO C188: a milestone reached

      Wagner, Brandt (2017)
      The Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has received the required ratifications to enter into force.
    • India aquaculture: boon or doom?

      Sugunan, V.V. (2017)
      While cage culture in inland open waters can help increase fish production in India, there is a need to be wary of hasty and arbitrary policy making.
    • India: a casual approach

      Dinesh, Krithika; Menon, Manju; Kohli, Kanchi (2016)
      By taking on board the concerns of a fishing community in Hazira, India, regarding the construction of a port, the National Green Tribunal has set an important precedent.
    • India: a twisted trajectory

      Scholtens, Joeri; Subramanian, Karuppiah; Jyotishi, Amalendu (2020)
      The fish-processing industry’s path of using fishmeal to grow shrimp amounts to exporting the precious nutrition that India’s children badly need. In the early morning of 25 September 2019, on the shores of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, India, the humble sardine commenced its journey. The journey of its afterlife, that is. A group of women waited together, empty baskets in hand, chatting while waiting for the boats to arrive. Their expectations do not remain unanswered. Boats bulging with little shiny sardines return from calm seas. Boats carrying sardines, along with their histories of struggle. Big trawlers, small trawlers, ring seines, fibreglass boats: everyone has been scooping up schools of sardine today.
    • India: Cyclone Ockhi, a stitch in time

      Thara, K.G. (2018)
      Cyclone Ockhi, which hit southern India late last year, brought out the need to empower communities to manage risks through locally owned and locally appropriate approaches
    • India: fishing communities, hemmed in by development

      Correa, Mariette (2016)
      A study of five fishing villages in Goa, India, shows how development in the region increasingly marginalizes local communities and deprives them of sources of livelihood.
    • India: in one voice

      Nayak, Nalini (2016)
    • India: labour heading west

      Karnad, Divya (2017)
      The difficult working conditions of migrant labourers in the fisheries of the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra raise both social and human-rights issues that need to be solved.
    • India: mud banks, muddy waters

      Kumar, P.K. Dinesh (2017)
      As mud banks along the southwest coast of India dwindle, several concerns and societal implications have been articulated regarding this unique oceanographic phenomenon.
    • India: natural hazards, in the eye of the storm

      Roshan, Manas (2018)
      In the wake of tropical cyclone Ockhi, the focus now should be on improving at-sea cyclone preparedness and search-and-rescue co-ordination to save precious lives
    • India: purse-seine fishing, growth blues

      Bavinck, Maarten (2017)
      Coastal degradation, socioeconomic inequality and the rise of purse-seine fishing in India pose a set of problems that often end in a zero-sum game for fisher groups.