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Samudra Report No.84, December 2020



An Unsung Hero

A technology innovator with a heart of gold and all the time in the world for small-scale fishworkers around the world

This article is by John Kurien (, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India, and Honorary Fellow, WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia

Very few who read this note will know Jeremy Herklots, that tall lanky Englishman we all looked up to—literally and figuratively—for his quiet, dogged and totally unobtrusive contribution to both small-scale fisheries technology and the global small-scale fisheries movement. I had the unique privilege of being his associate on both counts.

In February 1981, at a meeting in Manila, the Philippines, to discuss appropriate technology in fisheries, sponsored jointly by ICLARM (now known as WorldFish) and the Asian Development Bank, Jeremy, accompanied by the famous naval architect EWH Gifford from the UK, met with William Blase and Rathin Roy of the Bay of Bengal Project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Jeremy was then with ITDG (the erstwhile Intermediate Technology Development Group, now known as Practical Action), the institute set up by EF Schumacher, author of the much-quoted book Small Is Beautiful. He...

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