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Small-scale, artisanal and subsistence fishing communities and indigenous peoples should be heard, FAO committee told July 12,2012   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

(Errata: Yesterday’s SAMUDRA News Alerts, dated 11 July 2012, carried an incorrect version of the CSO Statement made to the COFI meet at Rome. The correct version is appended below. The error is regretted. –Editor.)

The voices of small-scale, artisanal and subsistence fishing communities and indigenous peoples, and their perspectives and proposals, should be reflected in the development of International Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (VG-SSF) being prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

This plea was made in a Civil Society Organization (CSO) Statement to the ongoing 13th Session of FAO's Committee on Fisheries (COFI) at Rome on 12 July 2012.

The Statement was read out by Cairo Roberto Laguna, an artisanal fisheries producer and vessel owner from Nicaragua, who is also President of the Nicaraguan Artisanal Fishing Federation (FENICPESCA), Secretary of the Steering Committee of the Central American Confederation of Artisanal Fishermen (CONFEPESCA) and Latin American Representative of the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers (WFF).

The Statement was made on behalf of WFF, the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) and


© 2012 ICSF

Theme(s): Communities and Organisations.

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