• 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.
    • Philippines: SSF, clear and present danger

      Lacsamana-Umengan, Dinna (2018)
      Despite good policies and programmes, the Philippines struggles with illegal, destructive and unsustainable practices and use of coastal resources and fisheries
    • Philippines: tuna fishers, pillars of decent work

      Peji, Brenalyn A. (2017)
      A study on decent work of tuna handline fishermen in the Philippines calls for policy interventions to ensure their rights.
    • Poverty: come together

      Jentoft, Svein (2018)
      Only collective action in small-scale fisheries can overcome the problems of poverty, marginalization, insecure tenure rights and powerlessness.
    • Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria, mortal embrace

      Toro, María Suárez (2018)
      Conflicting forces of nature, alongside the ecological intervention of traditional fishermen, helped mitigate the destruction wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane María
    • Redeeming small-scale fishers

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2016)
      Greater visibility and recognition of inland fisheries could redeem small-scale fishers and fishworkers from being amongst the most impoverished class of community.
    • Report: building back better

      Lakshmi, Ahana (2018)
      On 29 November 2017, a deep depression, detected in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka, rapidly intensified into a cyclonic storm off the coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep Islands in India. Cyclone Ockhi, as it was named, took the life of over 350 people – nearly all fishers from the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala – injured many others and damaged fishing vessels and gear. Unlike previous cyclones, Ockhi’s impact was felt almost entirely at sea.
    • Report: expanding the horizons

      Quist, Cornelie; Nayak, Nalini (2019)
      Nalini Nayak and Cornelie Quist reflect on the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF7), held in Bangkok during 18-21 October 2018. Having been pioneers in the setting up of the Women in Fisheries (WIF) Programme of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) 25 years ago, and having been actively involved since then in gender issues in fisheries, we were particularly attracted to GAF7. Its theme was ‘Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture: Expanding the Horizons’. It promised a thinking that will go beyond descriptive papers on what women do in fisheries and gender-disaggregated data, to a more in-depth feminist analysis. We, therefore, decided to organize a workshop and share the long work of ICSF’s WIF Programme and the tools of feminist analysis of fisheries we had used. Our proposal to organise such a workshop aimed at deepening feminist perspectives in fisheries was accepted and hence we went to Bangkok.
    • Report: For the love of oceans

      Schärer, René (2016)