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Issue No:83
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  • :September
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.83, September 2020



Splitting Hairs

There is no reason to wait for consensus on what is justice before we do something about injustice in small-scale fisheries

This article is by Svein Jentoft (, Professor, Norwegian College of Fishery Science, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway, and Founding Member, Too Big To Ignore (TBTI)

I was invited to speak at the recent global webinar organized by Too Big To Ignore (TBTI), a global partnership for small-scale fisheries research, on 5 June 2020 on ‘Blue Justice’. Among the partners present was the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) from South Africa.

With the Blue Economy/Blue Growth now spreading around the world, I believe the issue of social justice for small-scale fisheries is an important and increasingly urgent issue, also for social research. We now have the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines), a landmark achievement when member-states of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) endorsed them in June 2014. I believe that if states do nothing to implement the guidelines, the Blue Economy will come at a loss to small-scale...

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