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Issue No:68
  • :0973–1121
  • :August
  • :2014

With a View of the Sea

October, and the sea this morning
rests its cheek against the quays;
the pattering upon the awning’s
seeds of the acacia trees,
keeping a beat. The blazing sun
is hoisting up out of the sea
a piercing stare that doesn’t burn,
just as the rowers sculling by
pierce the water, gazing up
at one far snowy mountaintop.

—from With a View of the Sea by Joseph Brodsky,
translated from the Russian
by Glyn Maxwell and Zakhar Ishov

Analysis / FAO

Shepherding SSF

The following is the ?rst in a series on the role of FAO and its Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in promoting small-scale ?sheries (SSF)

This article by Sebastian Mathew (, Executive Secretary, ICSF, has been compiled mainly from COFI and FAO sources. Special thanks are due to Armand Gribling of the FAO Library for assistance in accessing key reports held in the FAO Library

Although the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) did recognize the social dimension of fisheries as far back as 1945—the year of its establishment—the issue was ignored for nearly 30 years as governments around the world sought to increase fish production.

The Commission A, set up in 1945 by the First Session of the FAO Conference—its supreme governing body—observed that fishers and shore workers were in the low-income group of labour and recommended that FAO study the relation of fishery products to production and employment, to general well-being and public health, to occupational hazards and diseases, to opportunities for education and community life, and to the problems of collective bargaining and labour organization.

This recognition was, however, sidetracked for over 25 years for rehabilitating fishing industries...

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