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Issue No:86
  • :0973-1121
  • :November
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.86, November 2021

 

Time to Shift Gear
It is high time that negotiations on subsidies at the WTO result in an agreement whose primary goal is transparency and universality in fisheries conservation and management measures
The draft Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies (WT/MIN(21)/W/5) from the Chair of the Negotiation Group on Rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), ought to be welcomed. This text is to facilitate the final negotiations ahead of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) to be held soon in Geneva (30 November to 3 December)....


 

Analysis / Blue Economy

The Power Game of Language

If people in small-scale fisheries wish to make the Blue Economy work for them, they must take control of the language, to avoid a rhetoric that further marginalizes them



This article is by Svein Jentoft (svein.jentoft@uit.no), a professor emeritus at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, and a founding member of the Too Big To Ignore (TBTI): Global partnership for small-scale fisheries research



The risks and opportunities of small-scale fisheries in the ‘Blue Economy’ is a topic I have talked and written about for a while now—also in SAMUDRA Reports (Nos. 82 and 83, 2020). I have argued that if States do nothing to implement the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (the SSF Guidelines), the Blue Economy will come at a loss to small-scale fisheries. There is enough evidence to suggest that the risk is real, present, and that it must be taken seriously.

The full name of the SSF Guidelines includes the phrase “in the context of poverty eradication and food security.” Both poverty eradication and food security are social-justice issues related to the human rights of small-scale fisheries people, their rights to food, wellbeing, equity...

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