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Report of the ICSF-BOBLME India (East Coast) Workshop: Implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines): Report prepared by Seema Shenoy
  • :2015
  • :Report prepared by Seema Shenoy
  • :54
  • :978 93 80802 36 7
Abstract

Report of the ICSF-BOBLME India
(East Coast) Workshop


Implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines)

Contextualising the SSF Guidelines

The second day of the SSFGuidelines workshop began with a panel discussion on contextualising the guidelines in the case of Indian small-scale fisheries. The panellists included representatives with working experience on inland fisheries, marine fisheries, food security, disaster management, legal issues and the coastal environment. Yugraj Singh Yadava, Director, BOBP-IGO, moderated the session.

SSF Guidelines and Inland Small-scale Fisheries

The first panellist was V V Sugunan, Assistant Director General (Retd.), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, who provided further insights into inland small-scale fisheries. Offering a way in which the definition of small-scale fisheries could be attempted, he suggested that instead of basing it on the capital invested, environmental sustainability and social and economic equity could be factors that could define its limits. Although the role of inland fisheries in promoting sustainable livelihoods was acknowledged, there is a lack of conceptual clarity, he said, which often limited effective management strategies. The presentation focused on the concept of stock enhancement, a production mode that had not received due attention. Considering the potential contribution towards overall fisheries production by the...