Report prepared by Seema Shenoy
978 93 80802 36 7
Report of the ICSF-BOBLME India
(East Coast) Workshop
Implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines)
The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines)—developed in a participatory and consultative manner, particularly with the active engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs)—were endorsed by the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) at its 31st Session in Rome in June 2014. These Guidelines have been developed to complement FAO’s 1995 Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).
Whilst recognizing the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) as an important guiding principle towards sustainability of all parts of the ecosystem as well as the livelihoods of small-scale fishing communities, the SSF Guidelines seek to promote a human-rights-based approach to empower fishing communities in achieving the objectives of the Guidelines. These objectives include enhancing the contribution of the small-scale fisheries subsector to food security and nutrition; contributing to the equitable development of fishing communities; and sustainable utilisation and prudent conservation and management of fisheries resources.
The SSF Guidelines specifically complement the CCRF by: (i) bringing social development, employment and decent work as a new focus to empower small-scale...