• 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.
    • Obituary: Sidney Holt: A towering intellect

      Earle, Michael (2020)
      With the death of Sidney Holt late last year, the world lost a man blessed with a towering intellect, boundless curiosity and an unwavering commitment to conservation. Sidney began his professional life in 1947 at the Fisheries Laboratory in Lowestoft, UK. Michael Graham was the lab’s director then and he set Sidney on the path that led, a decade later, to the publication of what is often called the Bible of fisheries science and which he co-authored with Ray Beverton. Titled On the Dynamics of Exploited Fish Populations, that seminal work, frequently described as the most-cited reference in fisheries science, continues to underpin fisheries management to this day. Not bad for a first effort!
    • Ocean conference: learning from the ocean

      Panipilla, Robert (2017)
      The recent UN Ocean Conference was outstanding in its methodical design and organization, as experienced by participants from the India-based Friends of Marine Life (FML).
    • Oceans: Rise Up!

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2020)
      The RISE UP Blue Call to Action is a joint call by civil society, fisherfolk, Indigenous Peoples and philanthropic organizations for bold action to safeguard the ocean at the next UN Ocean Conference in Portugal from 2-6 June 2020. This is a joint statement by: Oceano Azul Foundation Ocean Unite Oak Foundation The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Marine Conservation Institute Hish Seas Alliance Oceana NRDC Waitt Institute Waitt Foundation The Nature Conservancy Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Conservation International The Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation RARE Seas at Risk Wildlife Conservation Society Oceanario de Lisboa Monterey Bay Aquarium World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Ocean Conservancy International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) Monaco Blue Institute L’Institut Océanographique de Monaco The ICCA Consortium
    • On land, at sea, lives matter

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2018)
      Cyclone Ockhi, which caused large-scale destruction in southern India, should open the eyes of officialdom to both the landward and seaward dimensions of cyclones
    • Pacific Islands: 30 by 30

      Govan, Hugh (2020)
      Renewed calls for marine conservation must not bulldoze the democratic route that has allowed small island nations to improve fisheries and incomes without damaging the marine ecology. I wanted to share some concerns regarding the danger that threatens to disrupt the management of the Pacific Islands’ signature fisheries and main independent source of income. There have been renewed calls for 30 per cent marine protected areas (MPAs) that sound suspiciously over-simplistic. Community-conserved areas come at many scales and the Pacific Islands’ chances of ensuring a multinational indigenous conserved area are threatened.
    • Pacific Islands: Next to slavery

      Kailola, Patricia (2016)
      Workers and crew on board vessels in the Pacific tuna fishery rarely enjoy the right to decent living and working conditions...
    • Pakistan - dams: the long march

      Bhatti, Roshan Ali (2018)
      A Peoples Long March against dams on the Indus River, organized by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, earned widespread support and solidarity from the fishing and peasant community of Sindh
    • Pedagogy: training, a guide to stand by

      Seufert, Philip (2016)
      The People’s Manual on the Guidelines on Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests is a useful tool for civil society organizations.
    • Peru: labour, against the current

      Sueiro, Juan Carlos; Pajuelo, Melanie (2017)
      The range of diversity of geography, gear and techniques of fishing in Peru forces the country's small-sale fishers to grapple with difficult working conditions.