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

Samudra Report No.81, June 2019

Report / 3WSFC

A Time for Transformation

The voices of small-scale fishers and civil society organizations were loud and clear at the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress

This article is by Ratana Chuenpagdee (, TBTI Director, and Vesna Kerezi (, Partnership Co-ordinator, University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada

By all accounts, the past ten years have been truly exceptional for small-scale fisheries. One of the highlights is the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) by FAO member states in 2014. As the first international instrument specifically designed for small-scale fisheries, the SSF Guidelines give the much-needed visibility to this important sector, calling all parties to promote small-scale fisheries sustainability through a human-rights based approach. The SSF Guidelines set off waves of excitement and optimism about the new era for small-scale fisheries.

The enthusiasm is shared by several stakeholders—the research community, civil society organisations (CSOs), environmental groups and foundations working to support small-scale fisheries around the world—despite the challenges related...

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