• 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.
    • India: Some grains of salt

      Kelkar, Nachiket (2019)
      India’s 2019 Draft National Policy on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture is an ambitious effort but limited in depth and vision.
    • India: tempered down

      Kelkar, Nachiket; Dey, Subhasis (2017)
      On temperaments, communities and conflicts in the river fisheries of Bihar, amidst rigidly persistent caste and class discrimination.
    • India: the future is inland

      Sugunan, V.V. (2020)
      If managed sensibly, inland water bodies can go a long way to provide India with a sustainable future and food security for its population. Fish production in India registered a remarkable 16-fold increase during the last six decades to reach 12.59 mn tonnes (MT) in 2017-18, propelling the country to the position of the second-largest fish-producing nation in the world. During this period, the share of inland fish production has increased from 30 per cent to 70 per cent, and the present inland fish production has reached 8.9 MT. More than 14 mn fishers and fish farmers depend on fishing and fish farming for their livelihoods; many times more than that number eke out their living through support and ancillary activities like fish processing, trade and making of fishing craft and gear.
    • India: welcome Johar!

      Bihari, Bipin; Shweta, Smita (2019)
      A World Bank-funded loan project has been developed in the Indian state of Jharkhand to enhance and diversify household incomes for targeted beneficiaries through fish culture. Jharkhand is one of India’s poorest states. Its poverty rate is the highest in the country after Chhattisgarh’s, with 37 per cent of the population below the poverty line. The average rate of decline in poverty in Jharkhand up to 2012 was 0.9 per cent per year—much slower than in the rest of India’s rate of 4.8 per cent per year. A female literacy rate of 55 per cent is much lower than the rest of India’s rate of 65 per cent. Malnourishment is a serious problem; 47 per cent of the children under five years are stunted, about 42 per cent are underweight and 16 per cent are wasted. More than 70 per cent of women and about 67 per cent of adolescent girls in the state are anaemic. Most households lack basic access to water and sanitation.
    • Indigenous peoples, the world we want to live in

      Cisneros-Montemayor, Andrés; Ota, Yoshitaka (2017)
      Empowering coastal indigenous peoples can strengthen artisanal fishers at large through social equity and sustainable development that will result in a wealth of cultures and worldviews.
    • Indonesia/coastal communities: reclaiming rights

      Romica, Susan Herawati (2018)
      Problems of access and control over food, and changes in consumption and distribution patterns are behind the poor nutritional intake in Indonesia's coastal communities. In 2016, five infants in Aru Island, Maluku, Indonesia, suffered from malnutrition. The five had to be intensively treated in the Regional Hospital of Cendrawasih Dobo, the capital city of Aru Island Regency. The patients were from poor families who suffer from poor nutritional intake. One of the causes of malnutrition in Indonesia is limited access to food in several regions. Problems related to access and control over food, and changes in consumption and distribution patterns are behind the poor nutritional intake.
    • Indonesia: dried, tried, tasted

      Dipananda, Kyana (2020)
      At the core of the unique flavours and tastes of the East Java cuisine of Indonesia is the traditional artisanal fish processing technique of pindang. Sumenep Regency is located at the eastern end of the Madura Islands in Indonesia’s East Java province. It is known for its large fishery and marine potential. Several types of fishing gear exist in Madura, mainly the payang, a type of seine net, very common and essential among fishermen. The payang resembles a trawl net. By design, it has wings and a ‘cod end’ on the upper part of the net, supported by floats, and weights that secure the lower end. The second type of gear, introduced by the Indonesian government in Madura in 1976 to promote efficiency, is the purse seine. The purse seine fishery is characterized by high productivity and a larger scale, compared with the payang seine.