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Issue No:82
  • :0973–1121
  • :February
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.82, February 2019

 

France / Report

A Richness of Exchanges

At the celebration of World Fisheries’ Day on 28 November, in Lorient, France, fishermen and students got together to recognize the wealth of fishers’ knowledge and experience


This article is by Alain Le Sann (ad.lesann@orange.fr), Founder of the International Pêcheurs du Monde (Fishers of the World) film festival, Lorient, France


For the 21st year running, the Collectif Pêche & Développement celebratedWorld Fisheries Day (November 21, 1997) at a symposium organized with UBS university and student participants on the theme ‘Recognizing fishers’ knowledge’. There is a trend towards the marginalization of fishermen, as highlighted in a statement to the European Commissioner for the Oceans: “Fisheries...is absent from the European Commission’s strategy to ensure the growth of the blue economy”… and “sustainable fisheries and fishing communities are likely to be the losers.” A student from Djibouti named Djoumah Ali observed: “It is not a question of denouncing all the measures or activities related to the blue economy but of taking into account the fishermen’s opinions. This is not really the case today at the international level in the debates on the future of the oceans.”

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