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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

NORWAY / SSF

Where There Is A Will

The Norwegian model of fisheries governance, via the Norwegian Raw Fish Act and fish sales organizations, is worth examining


This article is by Svein Jentoft (svein.jentoft@uit.no), Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø, Norway, and was first presented at the June 9, 2014 COFI side event meeting at FAO, in connection with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming


Small-scale fisheries and their well-being are an important part of the political and institutional history of Norway. This is, first and foremost, due to the significant social and economic role that the fishing industry has played—and still plays—for the country as a whole. But before I give a overview of this history and the crucial formative role of fishers' organizations, let me briefly explain why the organization of small-scale fishers is such a pertinent issue, also in connection with the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (hereafter SSF Guidelines), recently adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The impetus behind the SSF Guidelines is, as its full title alludes to, the observation that small-scale fishers...

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