• Brazil: tourism, staying afloat

      Bahia, Natália C.F.; Chamy, Paula; Rosa, Iliel Teixeira; da Silva Almeida, Lindonaldo (2018)
      The experience with tourism-based boat trips in Caixa d´Aço Bay in Paraty, Brazil, highlights the problems of livelihoods in restricted-use protected areas
    • Bridging the global with the local

      Rajan, J.B.; Haribabu, T.P. (2020)
      Against the backdrop of the need to operationalize the SSF Guidelines in a participatory manner, the role of the local governance system of India cannot be overemphasized. As a complement to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has developed the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines). The objectives of the SSF Guidelines are to be achieved “...by empowering small-scale fishing communities, including both men and women, to participate in decision-making processes”, paying “...particular attention... to decentralized and local government structures directly involved in governance and development processes together with small-scale fishing communities...”. The CCRF and the SSF Guidelines are global instruments aimed at states and fishing communities, in particular, towards long-term sustainable use of fisheries resources and sustainable development.
    • Built on historic success: WTO challenge

      Azevêdo, Roberto (2016)
      This is excerpted from Roberto Azevêdo’s speech at the University of West Indies in Jamaica, on 18 January 2016, available at: www.wto.org/english/news_e/spra_e/spra109_e.htm
    • Cambodia - fishery rights: from individual rights to community commons

      Kurien, John (2018)
      Cambodia’s community fisheries initiative is the most extensive and well-developed system of community fisheries in the world. The current fishery rights system in Cambodia is the most extensive and well-developed system of community fisheries in the world”, said the European Union (EU) Representative to Cambodia at the FAO/UN User Rights 2015 Conference held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Defining tenurial boundaries and proving rights in an aquatic milieu is a daunting task. This is further confounded when dealing with a dynamic land-water interface marked by significant seasonal fluctuations.
    • Cambodia: property rights, banding together

      Beresford, Nick (2018)
      By uniting to fight land grab by business interests, members of the Preynub II Community Fishery in Cambodia have set an example for other communities
    • Cambodia: towards a modern commons

      Kurien, John; Kaing, Khim; Bunna, P. (2016)
      The Community Fisheries organizations in Cambodia possess the basic framework and principles to be considered good examples of a created ‘modern commons’....
    • Canada: human rights, rightfully unfair

      Edwards, Dan (2017)
      The treatment of the commercial salmon fishermen along the west coast of Canada, through the unprincipled actions of their own government, is driving them into bankruptcy.
    • Canada: policymaking, down home no more?

      Allain, Marc (2017)
      Ending decades of neoliberal policy, the new Liberal government of Canada aims to restore the protection that fishermen have lost to foreign corporate interests.
    • Canada: SDG14 - the big picture

      Charles, Anthony (2017)
      Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals can be guided by the kind of innovative, holistic thinking found in the SSF Guidelines.
    • CBD COP13: mainstreaming biodiversity

      Rivera, Vivienne Solis (2017)
      Several important decisions relating to biodiversity were taken at the UN Biodiversity Convention, attended by over 7,000 participants from 170 countries and over 400 organizations.
    • CBD: Ecology and equity

      Roshan, Manas; Rivera, Vivienne Solis (2019)
      The UN Biodiversity Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, showed that sustainable development of fishing communities and participatory conservation of marine biodiversity are compatible. The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held on 17-29 November 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Being the penultimate conference before meeting the deadline of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, adopted in Japan a decade ago, there was a lot at stake: Could the parties be rallied to deliver on their commitments under the Aichi Targets? Could they start developing an ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which will not only meet the Convention’s objectives of conservation, sustainable use and benefit-sharing, but also address the challenges presented by climate change to the health of our planet?
    • Certification: GFSF, funding challenge

      McQueen, Angela (2016)
      Small-scale and developing-world fisheries in different parts of the world receive funding from the Marine Stewardship Council Global Sustainability Fund.
    • Chile: No more blood and fire

      Núñez, Juan Carlos Cárdenas (2020)
      For the first time in Chile, a new type of autonomous social movement, including fishworker organizations, seeks to create a democratic and representative constitution. Three major organizations in Chile have rejected the Social Agenda for Artisanal Fishers that President Sebastián Piñera’s government had proposed. (The proposal is called ‘Agenda social para los pescadores artesanales’ in Spanish.) The three organizations—the Consejo Nacional por la Defensa del Patrimonio Pesquero (Condepp), the Confederación de Federaciones de Pescadores Artesanales de Chile (Confepach), and the Red Nacional de Mujeres de la Pesca Artesanal de Chile—together represent 80 per cent of the artisanal fishers in the South American country.
    • Chile: Paradise lost?

      Núñez, Juan Carlos Cárdenas; O’Riordan, Brian (2019)
      The hellish expansion of salmon farming in Chile’s Patagonia could threaten a hundred years of Chile-Norway relations. It is said that if there is such a thing as a salmon farming heaven, it is in Norway; whilst if there is a hell, it is in Chile. The South American country displays the worst labour standards globally for this industry. Between July 2013 and January 2019, it killed 31 of its workers. Its sanitary and environmental records are abysmal, with an abusive use of antibiotic and anti-parasite treatments, a mega-crisis of infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) virus, successive noxious and toxic algal blooms, massive dumping of dead fish into the sea and antifouling paints into lakes and rivers, along with the sinking of salmon well-boats, to name but a few of its problems.
    • Chile: SSF, chilled out

      Cárdenas, Juan Carlos; Melillanca, Patricio Igor (2017)
      Chile’s fisheries development model, which follows a neoliberal paradigm, is in danger of triggering a political, environmental and social crisis.
    • COFI meet: making SSF secure

      Mathew, Sebastian (2016)
      The 32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) held elaborate discussions in July 2016 on Agenda Item 9: Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries.
    • COFI: not a small focus

      Mathew, Sebastian (2018)
      With a record participation, the Thirty-third Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) managed to integrate small-scale fisheries issues into almost all agenda items. The Thirty-third Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), held in July 2018, saw a record participation. There were 760 delegates representing member countries, and many representing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). Small-scale fisheries issues were integrated into almost all agenda items of the meet.
    • Comment: Turn the tide

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2019)
      Subsistence fisheries are an important source of nutrition, culture and welfare for communities in the Western and Central Pacific region, and ought to be protected. No other part of the world has a small population dispersed over such a vast ocean area. In the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, 11 million people live in 14 independent countries and eight territories, spread over 28 million sq km of ocean space. Their total land area is less than 2 per cent of the combined ocean area. Subsistence, coastal, artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial fisheries coexist in the region, harvesting species ranging from sedentary molluscs to shared, highly migratory tuna stocks. The fishing areas range from lagoons, reefs, shoals, archipelagic, internal and territorial waters, to the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the high seas.
    • Costa Rica shrimp fishery: achieving a balance

      Tencio, Carlos Andrés Brenes (2017)
      Traditional knowledge has proved to be relevant for the management of shrimp fisheries on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica. The article is a synthesis of the case study undertaken as part of a regional research project organized by ICSF and CoopeSoliDar R.L, on traditional knowledge and the fisheries of the Central American region.
    • Costa Rica: sailing from a good port

      Rivera, Vivienne Solis (2016)
      A Central American regional workshop on the SSF Guidelines, held in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, in December 2015 sought commitment to take forward the Guidelines in a binding manner.