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Issue No:81
  • :0973–1121
  • :June
  • :2019

Samudra Report No.81, June 2019

SSF Guidelines / Environmental NGOs

Amplyfying Fishers’ Voices

Environmental non-governmental organizations can work in partnership with fishing communities to secure vibrant fishing communities and thriving marine ecosystems


This article is by Alexis Rife Oceans Program, EDF; Muhammad Khazali, YBUL-EDF Program Indonesia; Paula Williams Fisher from Punta Negra, Belize and Chairperson for Punta Negra Village, Punta Negra Women’s Group, and Fisher Representative on Managed Access Committee Areas 4 and 5; José Luis García Varas, WWF Spain; and Pamela Ruiter, Oceans Program, EDF (please direct correspondence to: arife@edf.org)


Abundant, biodiverse oceans and increased food and prosperity for small-scale fisheries are within our reach. There is an incredible groundswell of people and organizations working to realize the vision set forth in the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines), with small-scale fishing communities taking the lead in designing and implementing solutions. Environmental NGOs, including the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), share the vision of thriving, healthy oceans and small-scale fisheries that provide sustainable and stable livelihoods for coastal...

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