• Malawi: unsung heroes

      Manyungwa-Pasani, Chikondi (2020)
      Not only is fish an important part of nutrition in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), but it is also a major–and unrecognized–element of trade. Fish and fish products are a primary source of protein and essential nutrients in the human diet. Various fish and other aquatic species are available from both marine and fresh water in every country of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. These fish make a significant contribution to the nutrition and food security of people in southern Africa.
    • Malaysia: About to disappear

      Ameerudheen, T.A.; Siddique, Masood; Omar, Azrilnizam (2019)
      A field trip to Teluk Bahang, a fishing village on the north-western tip of Penang in Malaysia, shed light on the lives of small-scale fishers. Malaysian fisherwoman Ani Zubaida did not mince words when she spoke about the adverse impact of trawlers on her life: “Trawlers are stealing our fish. They should not be allowed to fish in the territory of small-scale fishers. Else, we will be forced to quit this job.”
    • MCS (monitoring, control and surveillance): fishing for the future

      Mauree, Daroomalingum; Venugopalan, N.; Roshan, Manas (2018)
      A World Bank-funded project for 12 countries in the East African and Indian Ocean regions attempts to allow fishers to maximize revenue but not deplete stocks. This interview took place on the sidelines of the Second Regional Workshop on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance, organized by the Bay of Bengal Programme, Inter- Governmental Organisation in Chennai during 3 - 4 October 2018.
    • Mekong Region: SSF guidelines, a plan of action

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2016)
      A regional workshop on securing sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Lower Mekong Region, held in Thailand, identified issue and action points that need to be addressed.
    • Mexico: conservation; alienated, marginalized

      Finkbeiner, Elena M.; Frawley, Timothy H.; Peckham, S. Hoyt; Crowder, Larry B. (2017)
      The unintended consequences of conservation action has had several impacts on protected species and fishing communities of Pacific Mexico.
    • Migrant fishers: following fish

      Roshan, Manas (2017)
      Since the late 1980s, thousands of men from the coastal villages of Andhra Pradesh, India, have travelled to Gujarat to work as skippers and crew on board mechanized fishing boats.
    • Myanmar - fisheries governance: confusion, uncertainty

      Nyein, Yin; Bobby,; Gregory, R. G.; Thein, Aung Kyaw (2018)
      Ten years of freshwater fisheries governance reform in the Ayeyarwaddy region of Myanmar has led to greater democratization and decentralization, but problems remain.
    • Myanmar kyarr phong fishery: the tiger’s mouth

      Nyein, Yin; Mathew, Sebastian (2017)
      By enacting new legislation and policies on tenure rights, labour rights and fishing rights the unique kyarr phong fishery in the Gulf of Mottama, Myanmar, can be substantially improved.
    • Myanmar: development, potential for transformation

      Johnstone, Gareth (2016)
      As a country in transition, Myanmar is seeking to unlock the potential of its fisheries and aquaculture sector for inclusive growth, improved livelihoods, and better food security.
    • Natural disasters: a heavy price

      Senapati, Ashis (2019)
      The cyclonic wind that swept through the shores of the Indian state of Odisha in the wake of Cyclone Fani have razed the livelihoods of many fisherfolk. On 3 May 2019, as Cyclone Fani swept through the coast of Odisha on the eastern seaboard of India, many homes were either badly damaged or completely shattered. Thousands of trees were uprooted. Most businesses and infrastructure were also destroyed, including the fishing industry, which is the economic backbone of the state’s fisherfolk community of around 600,000-strong.
    • New Zealand: labour, exploited, blacklisted, destitute

      Stringer, Christina; Kartikasari, Ani (2017)
      Migrant fishers who work as crew on board vessels of New Zealand companies often have to grapple with exploitation, abuse, blacklisting and oppressive working conditions.
    • Nigeria: a heavy blow

      Fakoya, Kafayat; Akintola, Shehu Latunji (2020)
      More than the COVID-19 pandemic itself, the lockdowns to prevent its spread have harder hit Nigeria’s unorganized small-scale fishers. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally struck all facets of life in affected countries and the small-scale fisheries (SSF) of Nigeria are no exception. The pandemic has hit the country’s small fishers both directly and indirectly. Small operators are the bulk of Nigeria’s fisheries sector. They account for 70 per cent of the domestic fish production, and sustain the livelihoods of millions of people in one way or another; the dependence on local fish species for economic and food security is evidently large. SSF provides an accessible, cheap and rich source of protein and essential micronutrients to the rural population. Their impact on social, economic and cultural spheres is immense.
    • Nigeria: Fear of flight

      Fakoya, Kafayat; Akintola, Shehu L. (2019)
      In Nigeria, waterfront communities, whose livelihoods are predominantly dependent on fishing and related activities, live under constant fear of eviction.
    • No turning back: Indonesia, illegal fishing

      Hadiwinatha, Martin (2016)
      Despite official legislation, Indonesia is yet to institute processes to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
    • Norway: safety at sea, land ahoy

      Vik, Torben; Stange, Hilde (2016)
      In pursuit of its mandate to raise the safety standards in the country’s fishing fleet, the Norwegian Maritime Authority will rely on dialogue with the industry.
    • Norway: SSF guidelines, differences matter

      Jentoft, Svein (2018)
      The Norwegian experience shows that learning about sustainable small-scale fisheries development should not be a one-way traffic from the North to the South
    • Nutrition: fish as food

      Ahern, Molly; Dussan, Ana Maria Suarez (2020)
      The international democratic process has come a long way in realizing the role of fish in the right to food and nutrition–and yet, a map of the road ahead needs to be laid out. Even though the last century has seen great socioeconomic advances and improvement in human well-being worldwide, much work remains to be done to realize the ultimate goal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to contribute to a “world free from hunger and malnutrition, where food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all, especially the poorest and marginalized in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner”.
    • Obituary, Pierre Gillet: the priest of multitasking (1939 – 2015)

      Kurien, John (2016)
      Pierre Gillet was the rare sort of clergyman who escaped classification—but fishers around the world will remember him as a godsend.
    • Obituary: articulate, wise, patient (Christian Brun 1970-2016)

      Richard, Michel (2017)
      Last December, a road accident claimed the life of Christian Brun, Director General of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU), Canada
    • Obituary: Remembering Rambhau

      Meher, Purnima; Jog, Ashwini (2019)
      An energetic and committed worker for the cause of fishers, he was a lighthouse for the fishworkers’ movement. Rambhau Patil, an enterprising member of the fishing community of Maharashtra in India, was 79 years old when he left us on July 29, 2018, for his final journey. Born Ramchandra Patil, he received the affectionate moniker of Bhau, or Rambhau, due to his benevolence and his always-on smile. Almost always dressed in a khadijhabba, a traditional pyjama-like loose-fitting shirt and trousers, he was never seen without his bag full of books and documents hanging down his shoulder. Rambhau was born in the village of Mahim in Wadrai, Maharashtra. Although fishing was his family’s ancestral trade, he was brought up and raised in an educated environment. Rambhau completed his primary and secondary education at the block headquarters in Palghar.